Help Save Our Bees! Why We Should Bee Concerned!
by Bee Green • published on June 1, 2016
Bees are possibly the most under-appreciated of all insects. We often run from them, smack them down, spray them with chemicals and fear them for their hurty sting. We shouldn’t fear them though; in fact we should be protecting the misunderstood bees and thanking them for the selfless services they provide us, before it’s too late to do so.
Over the past few decades the bee population has been steadily declining in numbers, and since about 1998 that declination has drastically picked up speed. There has been alarming reports to this depressing phenomenon all over the world in countries that includes Europe, America, Africa and Asia.
Bees are pollinators; in fact, they are one of nature’s best. They transfer pollen from the anthers to the stigma of flowers which stimulates fertilization and encourages growth. Bees are a huge part of the cycle of plant life, and both human beings and animals depend on them to pollinate up to 80 percent of our flowering crop. To lose them would be devastating to our entire ecosystem, to our health and to our economy.
Why are Bee Numbers Dwindling?
Scientists have confirmed what us eco minded already knew; we are destroying our ecosystem with pollution and environmental neglect. Our actions play a large part in the absence of the bees, and if we do not educate and green up, we will continue to see the negatives of our careless actions. In addition to mite infestation, the culprits to the loss of our bee friends include air pollution, cell phone radiation, loss of plant life, introduction to GMOs and widespread insecticide use.
Can the Bee Numbers Rise Again?
Every action is a reaction of a previous action, so yes the bee numbers can indeed rise again. This decline in bee population is presently being referred to as colony collapse disorder or CCD. The rise of the dwindling bees have generated the interest of agriculturist and scientists the world over. Beneficial research and cause of action are taking place and hopefully an answer and cure to this phenomenon is soon to follow.
However, while we wait, there are a few things that we everyday people can do to preserve the bee numbers and even encourage them to rise again:
Ditch the toxic Pesticides: There is seriously nothing good about chemical based pesticides, they degrade the soils, fowl up the air and damage the integrity the crops, so ditch em. There are tons of toxic free pesticides available as well as homemade remedies that are just as effective and less degrading.
Start an Organic Garden: If you build it, they will come; starting a backyard garden is one of the easiest ways to encourage bees to stop by. You will not only be rewarded with healthy organic crops to feed your family, you will also be playing a huge part in the preservation of the bee population.
Create a Bee Nesting Site: Organic bee nesting sites refers to undisturbed patches of nature. These patches should consist of pollinator friendly plants, shrubs and other greenery. Once a colony is formed it can be ethically removed to a protected site.
Educate Others: It is important that we educate others on the declination and preservation efforts of the bees. As awareness grows than urgency in protection and change will be generated.