Honey bees both domestic and wild – are responsible for more than 75 percent of the pollination across the world. 70 out of every 100 human food crops are pollinated by bees. These crops comprise of 90 percent of world’s nutrition. Every bee colony individually can pollinate 300 million flowers every day.
Why do Bees get killed?
Bees are dying due to reasons known and created by mankind all interrelated to each other – factors like habitat destruction/loss, air pollution, pesticides, global warming, drought, nutrition deficit.Worker bees (females) live on an average for 6 weeks in summer months and for many months in winters. Reproduction goes slow in winter but they produce new worker bees in spring and summer continuously. A bee hive or a colony of bees go down by 10 percent in winters and overcome the decline in spring. If there is a bad year for the bee colony there could be a loss of 20 percent of its bees.
How Pesticides kill bees
Inspite of the habitat and conservation of honey bees in U.S. the number of bee colonies since 1962 have declined by an alarming rate of 90 percent. The bees are not able to survive the onslaught of habitat loss and die-off rates.
As per studies there are chemical residue upto a whopping 150 kind found in bee pollen. To add to this poison being sold to the farmers the industrial agribusiness turns forest and grasslands into farms where pesticides are used – contaminating the bees natural habitat.
Why We Need To Save The Bees
Bees can be restored and protected by the following actions:
- Banning the use of the 7 dangerous pesticides.
- Restoration of ecological agriculture
- Protect wild habitat – pollinators health will get saved automatically
How ecological farming saves and restores Bees
Ecological farming is one single huge solution to preserve wild bee habitats, protect bees and increase human food production. Bhutan a small country leads the world where they have adopted a 100 percent organic farming policy in a – save honeybees campaign.Ecological farming aids in bees management which is an age old practice since humans evolved into farming. Ecological farming resist insect damage, restore soil nutrients, prevent soil loss from erosion from water and wind, say no to pesticides and artificial fertilizers.Nonprofit organizations provide funding to organic farmers to restore bee populations and healthier bees that results in restoring pollination habitats and improves crop yield. As a result natural ecosystem services come for free naturally like – bees pollination, water filtration, oxygen production, pest and disease control.Organic farmers develop the methods to improve production of food, maintain ecological health and to develop organic farming techniques. This enhances habitat conservation and saves bees from getting extinct. The farming revolution supports and focuses on crops for humans to consume rather than crops for bio fuels and animal foods.
Plants that help Save BEES
Let us look at the plants to include that help the bees in providing bees their essential habitat.
Salvia spp. (Sage)
Cercis spp. (Redbud)
Stachys spp. (Lamb’s ears)
Aster app. (Aster)
Lavandula spp. (Lavender)
Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
Echinacea spp. (Coneflower)
Helianthus spp. (Sunflower)
Nepeta spp. (Catnip)
Penstemon spp. (Penstemon)
Verbena spp. (verbena)
Phacelia spp. (bells or Phacelia)
Rudbeckia spp. (Black-eyed Susan)
Achiliea Millefolium (Yarrow)
Origanum spp. (Oregano)
Plant the above and see how you change the world. There are some more conscious attempts one can make to join the “save the bees campaign.”
Refuse to use or approve any pesticide or insecticide unless it is proven by scientists that they are of no threat to the bees and pollinators population and habitat.Take help from non-profit organizations for bees and butterflies – educate yourselves and your kids on bees and butterfly management. Join bees charity organizations – Today!