Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Helping the Bees

For the past few years, I've had a love/hate relationship with bees.  I don't like finding them in my house.  I don't like that at all.  And for some reason, they like to circle me when I walk down the street.  It's quite embarrassing to walk down the street encircled by bees, especially when I'm on my crutches and I have to walk even slower than I normally do.

But there's no doubt about it, bees are major contributors to the survival of humans.  They are extremely important to us agriculturally and economically.  I am strongly against bee keeping.  I believe that bees should be free.  But the benefits of bees go way beyond honey.

Elite Daily presents the following about bees:

"...These are many of the crops pollinated by bees: Almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupes, cashews, coffee, cranberries, cucumbers, eggplants, grapes, kiwis, mangoes, okra, peaches, pears, peppers, strawberries, tangerines, walnuts and watermelons.

Without bees, these crops would cease to exist. Bees are crucial to our existence as well, thus we must work harder to protect and preserve them" (Haltiwanger, 2014).

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (2011), "without bees to spread seeds, many plants-including food crops- would die off."

Yet, bees are being killed off at alarming rates.  There are different factors that come into play, including global warming and use of neonicotinoid pesticides.  Global warming is a huge, complex problem.  However, the pesticide issues may be tackled more easily.  Neonicotinoid pesticides are particularly dangerous to bees.

North Coast Gardening presents the public with information on bee friendly pesticides.  According to them, if you plan on using pesticides that are dangerous to bees, you need to use them "at dawn or dusk when bees aren't active" (Genevieve, 2010).  To reach that article, please click here.

Please consider signing the following petition that will go to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Source:
Haltiwanger, J.   (Sept. 15, 2014).  If all the bees in the world die, humans would not service. Elite Daily.
http://elitedaily.com/news/world/humans-need-bees-to-survive/755737/

Natural Resources Defense Council.  (2011).  Why we need bees:  Nature's tiny workers put food on the table.

McDonell, T.  (July 9, 2015). Here's why all the bees are dying.  Mother Jones. 
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/07/climate-change-killing-bumblebees

Creedo Action.  Tell the EPA:  Ban bee killing pesticides
http://act.credoaction.com/sign/epa_neonics_bees?sp_ref=171065570.4.147811.f.465440.2&referring_akid=.9285513.P59K_8&source=fb_share_sp

Genevieve. (May 16, 2010).  Honeybee love:  Keeping honeybees safe while using pesticides.  North Coast Gardening - Gardening in the Pacific Northwest.
http://northcoastgardening.com/2010/05/honeybee-safe-pesticides/