What’s going on?
All across North America, honey bees are disappearing. It was reported last season that 37 million bees died on a single farm. It is a tremendous problem that can devastate our agricultural systems.
Why are bees important for farming?
Worker bees contribute to the natural plant growing process, especially our food farms. Plants including apples, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, pumpkins, carrots, avocados, and almonds won’t grow without pollination from the bees, leading to a loss of $15 billion worth of crops in North American alone.
Since beekeepers first alerted the country to the problem, an estimated third of all honey bee colonies in the United States have vanished.
Multiple studies have shown that the killer cause is deadly pesticides, called “neonics,” which are manufactured by the Bayer Corporation. These pesticides are sold in almost every large retailer with a lawn and garden section.
What can we do to help the bees?
While the situation is serious, the good news is that, we all can do three basic things to help improve the bee population and save our food production.
1. Add bee-friendly plants to our own yards and gardens.
Adding beautiful plants to our lawns to help boost the bee food supply is an easy way to help. Worried about bees crowding your living space? Plant small quantities along the edge of your property.
2. Only use organic lawn care and pest control
Scientists now believe the neonic chemicals in pesticides are making the bees sick by introducing them to a new virus and invasive parasitic mites. We at Billy Goat Lawn Care, Inc. know the benefits of going organic reach much farther than bees. Choosing organic care means having a healthier and happier families, pets, and environment.
3. Get active
We all need to work together to improve the bee crisis, which means getting active in our communities by educating our friends and family about the problem and dangers of pesticide use and signing petitions to remove deadly pesticides from retail shelves.
Here’s a list of what bees pollinate:
Fruits and Nuts
For more information, visit the Natural Resources Defense Council.