Here at Planet Bee, we celebrate Earth Day every day and a big part of what we do is try to make it possible for you to make a difference as well. One of the best ways to give a lending hand to the honey bee is to give them a home, and the intention behind what we do (our adopt a hive program, seed ball kit program, bee/bee merchandise sales) is to make it easy for you to do just that.
This Earth day we thought we’d remind you why saving the bees goes far beyond protecting our little friends.
Imagine walking into your local grocery store. Imagine all the grapes, oranges, apples, avocados, tomatoes... mmm... all the yummy fruits we eat daily, right at your fingertips! Did you know that we owe roughly 30% of our food and 70% of the world crops to the honeybee? That's a lot! Have you ever taken a moment to think about what this actually means? Now imagine what your local grocery store would like if we had no bees.
Your produce section would be half empty! It is easy in the midst of our busy lives to forget how fruit gets to the store, and the fact is that we owe much of our fresh food to the honeybee. Now we can all agree that not being able to eat fruit would be a huge bummer, but bees do more than just help us get our daily dose of fruit. Bees pollinating work is critical for other plants survive as well. This is important because these plants help absorb CO2, prevent soil erosion, provide 1/2 of the worlds oils, are a main ingredient in different medicines, the list goes on!
So what exactly is threatening the bees?
Some major threats to bees:
Pollution and pesticides
Monoculture- bees forced into service creates a lack of biodiversity and an increase of disease
Pests, diseases, non-native plant species
Loss of habitat- land use change, habitat fragmentation, a loss of biodiversity
So... how can we help?
Become a beekeeper! Learn the in’s and outs of beekeeping here!
Plant a pollinator garden! Learn more about planting a pollinator garden here as well as check out our new Seed Ball Kit program that teaches local youth about the importance of pollinator habitats and how to help!
Buy pesticide-free plants for your garden- don’t forget to employ natural pest control while you're at it!
So as we appreciate our bee-utiful, life-giving Earth this Earth Day, let's also remember the great impact we leave on it, and aim to keep it a positive one.
Planet Bee Intern & Outdoor Education Instructor