Did you know that each honey bee produces only about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her entire lifetime? Talk about savoring every drop! What's even more amazing is the distance she flies to do this. In her short life, she will average around 37,000 miles, that's nearly 1 and a half trips around the earth! Bees certainly "get their steps in."
Unfortunately, since the 90's, bee populations have been taking a massive hit. In fact, it happens so often there's a name for it "colony collapse disorder." Honey Bees outnumber all other bee types and other pollinating insects, making them one of the most important pollinators of food crops.
There are entire industries based on maintaining healthy bee hives for pollination, and with so many hives in danger of collapse, there is a very real threat of food production being impacted.
Brilliant scientific minds are working on the issue and finding interesting results. Though we're not sure of any one exact cause of colony collapse, here's what we do know: a recent study found a possible link between colony collapse disorder and a common weed killer, Glyphosate.
When bees come into contact with Glyphosate, it has a negative impact on their healthy bacteria levels. Good bacteria helps them with food digestion and fighting infections. When their healthy bacteria levels are low, they are in more danger of getting sick. When the whole colony has been exposed, there's a major risk of collapse.
Understanding what has caused "colony collapse disorder" may take some time, but here's some simple things you can do to help:
Try Organic Gardening - Organic gardening produces the most natural results and can be a rewarding challenge. If creepy crawlies are a concern, there are many natural and even homemade insecticides available. Reducing chemicals in the environment will positively impact surrounding wildlife and give you peace of mind.
Plant Bee-Friendly Varieties - There are many plants and flowers that bees just love! Some varieties help support the colony by providing plenty of nectar they use to make honey and sustain themselves through the winter.
Let Clover Grow! - Though they're often seen as nuisance weeds, Clover and Dandelions provide an excellent nectar source for bees and other pollinators. This year, forget the neighborhood lawn award, and try letting them grow! The bees will thank you.
There are so many good resources online that can help you protect the bees and other wildlife in your area. Let's work together to grow a cleaner, more natural environment!
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