Not everyone “enjoys” bees, I remember some very unhappy memories of stepping on a few of them as a child during the summer months. Not fun. However, we are slowly realizing just how important bees are. They help to pollinate about a third of everything we eat.
To find out more about what Colony Collaspe Disorder is, and what is happening to our bee populations, check out these following links.
Honey Bees and Colony Collaspe Disorder
Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths…
“The pollen they were fed had an average of nine different pesticides and fungicides, though one sample of pollen contained a deadly brew of 21 different chemicals. Further, the researchers discovered that bees that ate pollen with fungicides were three times more likely to be infected by the parasite.
The discovery means that fungicides, thought harmless to bees, is actually a significant part of Colony Collapse Disorder. And that likely means farmers need a whole new set of regulations about how to use fungicides.”
Thankfully we have people who are doing what they can to help!
Urban Bee Company
Simply put, we have three goals:
- Healthy Bees: Support health and biodiversity of bees, by using best practices inside the hive and providing plentiful and diverse forage outside of it.
- Informed Humans: We aim to educate the public about agriculture and pollinators, using the hive as a focal point to discuss our local and global food systems. With knowledge and positive examples, may we choose to do the right thing together.
- Resilient Habitats: Diverse, local forage will help not only bees and other pollinators, but humans as well. We can repair what we have ruined and participate in the mutually-dependent, permanently-sustainable system generously offered by the planet.
“Bee populations are so low in the US that it now takes 60% of the country’s surviving colonies just to pollinate one California crop, almonds. And that’s not just a west coast problem—California supplies 80% of the world’s almonds, a market worth $4 billion.”