A world without honey? How to save the bees
We all know bees are responsible for the delicious honey we enjoy with toast, tea or anything else we fancy. What we may not always think about is how important bees are for the production of so many of the foods we enjoy. Bees pollinate more than 100 types of crops in the United States, and they help with the reproduction of clover and alfalfa, which feed grazing animals.
Sadly, bee populations are on the decline, and while the cause hasn’t been proven, scientists and beekeepers believe pathogens, loss of crop diversity and pesticide exposure are all factors.
While the cause of the disappearing bees may be unknown, there’s still a lot we can do to help stave off further declines. Through its Share the Buzz campaign, Whole Foods is doing its part by offering these great tips for saving the bees.
- Buy organic products.
- Plant bee-friendly fruits and flowers and make your garden a haven for honeybees.
- Avoid using pesticides on your lawn and garden.
- Buy products from such brands as Hain Celestial Group, Amy’s, Blue Diamond and Stonyfield, which have pledged to donate funds for honeybee preservation.
- Take up beekeeping.
For more information on the bee issue and how you can help, click here.