Saturday, June 15, 2013

No bees, no food

This came across my radar recently and I thought it was worth reblogging. Imagine our lives without bees, seems easy enough, right? Except it's not. This is the produce section of a Whole Foods market with bees vs. without bees: 

Photo: Wow. Check out this photo! 

To prove a point, Whole Foods in Providence, RI temporarily removed all produce dependent on pollinators. (Be sure to view the photo at full size in your browser- you may have to click it to magnify it.) 

(p.s. navel oranges, apricots and nectarines are self-fertile)

Pretty stunning difference, isn't it? and yet "A May 1 report funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly one in three managed honey bee colonies in the United States were lost over the winter of 2012-2013" and not very much is being done about it, by the EPA or anyone else. 

What can you do? Sign this petition, or this one, or this one. Buy your honey from a local supplier. Help out your friendly neighborhood beekeeper by opting out of your town's mosquito spray program (if appropriate and applicable). Mow high, and let your lawn have a few weeds that may flower and feed bees. Plant bee friendly plants such as lavender, catnip, bachelor's button and borage. Bee supportive!

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