Just how important are honeybees to the human diet?
Typically, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. Losing them could affect not only dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, but may threaten our beef and dairy industries if alfalfa is not available for feed. One Cornell University study estimated that honeybees annually pollinate $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in the U.S. Essentially, if honeybees disappear, they could take most of our insect pollinated plants with them, potentially reducing mankind to little more than a water diet.
What can we do?
- Grow wild indigenous flowers and don't use pesticides on your lawn
- Encourage your children to grow plants
- Buy organic, local honey from small farms and bee keepers
- Talk to your schools, golf course owners and parks department about not using pesticides
- Buy local organic food
- Boycott Bayer and Monsanto products
- Join the movement to support our bees: http://www.vanishingbees.com/gardening
Want to share this info? Buy the documentary: Vanishing of the Bees, and host a documentary night! Schools & children can watch the shorter 34 min version. Things are changing. Be a part of that change. ;)