According to a recent article by CNN, 7 species of bees are now, officially, endangered. This is serious. But what does it mean and what can we do? Below is just a quick bit about what is going on and what you can do.
The CNN article covers a little of the latest bee news and why it’s important. http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/01/us/hawaii-bee-species-endangered/
Essentially, “Native pollinators (bees and such) in the US provide essential pollination services to agriculture which are valued at more than $9 billion annually”. Meaning, if our native pollinators don’t exist, our government is going to be spending a lot of money trying to reproduce that same effect.
But why would they spend so much of our limited funds to recreate pollination? “During pollination, insects, birds and bats transfer pollen between plants, which allows them to make seeds and reproduce.” As in, without pollination, plants will not reproduce. No new plants. Or at least a severe reduction. This means less food. Not just for us, for wildlife too. What will hummingbirds do if they have no food? There are many living beings that live off flower nectar or other plant parts that will become scarce when the planet is no longer being pollinated. Our entire circle of life will be disrupted.
Vanishing of the Bees, a 2007 documentary, shows how beekeepers first noticed the decline of the bees, the collapse of colonies and what they think it’s from.
The questions we need to ask are: If 1/3 of our food source dries up, how will we eat? If the bees are being poisoned from pesticides, why do we continue to support those foods? Why doesn’t our government do more to stop this? But what it really comes down to, is how important are the bees to you? Personally, I am willing to pay more for organic food. And not just because it’s better for me. But it’s better for the planet. It’s better for the animals around those crops. It’s better for those field workers. There is a way to support those people, animals and insects. Buy organic. Even if you buy less so it fits into your budget, even if you have to stop buying so much junk food; buy organic.
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