When I was a kid I used to sit in my backyard and watch the bees pollinate my father’s tomatoes, in awe of how nature just seems to know how to work. It’s such a seamless, natural process.
Now that it’s spring, I’ll be keeping my eyes on the bees, and more importantly, their news stories since millions of bees are dying and it’s a problem.
The rapid loss of bees is due to neonicotinoids, an ingredient used in most pesticides, which is lethal to bees.
Bees directly pollinate 90 different crops (that’s one-third of our food supply) and indirectly pollinate hundreds of other plants and animal species that diversify many of our food sources. So anything that affects the pollinating honeybees has a big impact on our food and the economy. Without bees, our economy could be impacted by a loss of $30 billion dollars a year! Does the term “busy bee” make sense to you now?
Bees are projected to become extinct within the next 20 years – but it’s not a hopeless case just yet. Making small changes to our lifestyle can make a big difference. Planting a pesticide-free garden and eating fruits and vegetables with a few bug bites will reduce the use of pesticides by growers. These simple and sensible changes can improve the agricultural industry and the fate of the dying pollinator bees.
For the sake of creation, I am willing to make this small sacrifice. Are you?
I bee-lieve in you and the bees!