Pollination is what makes food production possible and in bees pollinating our crops they protect and maintain ecosystems along with plant and animal species. The rise of our population on the planet means that the need for these cool little creatures to “do their thing” is ever-increasingly important, especially in developing countries. The world needs sustainable food sources and one third of the world’s food production depends on bees. The effective pollination that these critters do increases agricultural produce, which in turn improves the produce quality and strengthens a plants resilience to pests.
A lot of concern has been raised from reports by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Greenpeace indicating that 10% of bees are facing extinction and 5% are endangered. Bee losses in the USA population amounted to 33% in 2017*.
Reasons for decline
Plant protection products –pesticides.
Less agricultural space.
Trade in low-quality honey.
In 2017 Slovenia’s proposal of a World Bee Day was approved by the UN, in order to raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping*.
So on 20th May 2018 we have the opportunity to celebrate these wondrous bee-ings with World Bee Day!
How we can help
Plant bee-friendly plants in your garden - for Spring and Summer plants like lilacs, lavender, oregano, poppies and honeysuckle are ideal.
Don’t pull up dandelions; there is no such thing as a weed…
A weed is simply a plant in an undesirable place!
Do not use chemicals in your garden or on your plants.
Buy local, raw honey.
Understandably when living in a city it can be hard to help bees by sowing seeds, due to the lack of a garden or outside space. Being without a garden myself, it is frustrating but I am fortunate enough to have a small balcony where I proudly display window boxes and hanging baskets. A little can go a long way!
We all need to ensure that we protect our beautiful bees and their habitats. This is an incredibly awesome creature that deserves our respect and we can all take part in aiding its plight!
-Mary Bridge, Accounts Payable, Simply Lunch
*Information used was from worldbeeday.org and Friends of the Earth.
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