Word has been going around on the streets that these little guys, best known for their scary stingers, are in fact, an essential key in our habitat. What's more is that their population is decreasing, and while it sounds exciting that these seemingly small insects who tend to zap us are becoming less, it turns out that we actually need them on a much bigger level.
"Honeybees are the most reliable and manageable pollinator."
One third of our crops are pollinated by honeybees. Not only do they create one of nature's most essential elixirs-- honey-- but they play a HUGE role in our nutrition, farming, and the state of the world as a whole. When bees pollinate in the wild, they are contributing to the over-all wellbeing of the environment. Not only does our crop supply significantly dwindle with the loss of bees, but our habitats become imbalanced too.
The decline of the bee population is known as "Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD), and is described best by this article from CustomMade. This disorder is characterized by bees vanishing from their hives. Some of the reasons listed as to why this occurs are: "the invasive varroa mite; diseases such as Israeli Acute Paralysis virus and the gut parasite Nosema; poisoning from pesticides; and stress." Also discussed is the use of land: "Honeybees require habitat in which to hung among floral sources, but by some estimates wheat, corn, and soy crops take up over 60 percent of U.S. farmland. That means bees have less and less space for finding adequate nutrition."
We want to exaggerate these last points, because they mean something very important. They mean that each of us, individually as well as collectively, contribute to the health of bees, and therefore our own health, and that of the earth. Here are some ways we can contribute:
- Firstly, take a moment to feel gratitude for the bees! Let's change our overall outlook on the species, and welcome them instead of expelling them.
- Keep a garden with many florals that bees can make a happy home of!
- Refrain from using chemicals & pesticides!
- Buy local, raw honey! Let's support local bee farmers so they may continue to provide and support bee habitats.
- Spread the word! Talk about it. Make others aware of the importance of bees!
See below: the crops that are pollinated by bees. & Be sure to Click Here and read the full article on CustomMade.