If you’ve been paying attention to the news, the environment and anything that’s going on outside the little bubble we tend to place ourselves in. Then you’ll be somewhat aware that we have a general crisis in our midst. Through pollination, bees aid in the production of most of our crops. This includes almonds, berries, fruits and vegetables.
The question rises: What will happen if the bees disappear?
Since the 1940s, honeybee colonies have decreased from 5 million to 2.5 million. Researchers say there could be many reasons for the decline: everything from parasites and bacteria to environmental stress, like a lack of pollen.
To put it simply, if they go, the whole system collapses and we’re not far behind them. It’s not just about the human race and our individual selves in danger here but all this beauty surrounding us also. All animals, plants and flowers will die off as well. To think of such a thing is extremely disheartening. However, there is some good news. We all have the ability to take small steps and do our part in helping this issue.
How can you help the bees?
Here are some simple ways to help the bees, yourself and the planet.
Not only does planting bee-friendly flowers aid in the helping of bees, it will also make your yard more
beautiful and can also provide you with a good amount of great culinary herbs. There is a very long list of bee-friendly plants which can benefit you and these wonderful creatures in more ways than one. This includes; lavender, thyme, mint, rosemary, honey suckle, poppies, sunflowers, marigolds, etc.
Provide Bee Habitat
A secure place to live is crucial to solitary and colony bees. Unlike honeybees, which live in the waxy hives with which we’re all familiar, natural bees make use of many kinds of shelter: abandoned animal burrows, dead trees and branches, and in underground nest tunnels.
Also, having the blessing of watching the bees working together everyday can be really inspiring. We can learn so much from nature which results in becoming better individuals ourselves. Having a bee habitat in your garden can’t cause much harm and really only results in good things. You become more connected to mother earth.
Eliminating garden pesticides
We are all aware that pesticides are bad for humans, it’s not difficult to understand that they’re worse for bees. When we use pesticides on the plants in our gardens, we are taking part in harming, even killing another living being. Investigating in organic and natural means of pest control can not only be beneficial for bees but subsequently the planet also.
Vibrant, chemical-free plants and gardens are a friendly invitation to wild bees. Also always have a little water basin out for the tiny pollinators so they can keep hydrated.
Learn about bees
When we gain an understanding on a particular subject, topic or cause, not only do we learn the reasoning behind it but also how we can help out.
When kept properly, bees are good neighbours, and only sting when provoked. If a bee hovers inquiringly n front of you when unprotected, do not flap your hands. Stay calm and move slowly away, best into the shade if possible. The bee will soon lose interest. Remember, the bee isn’t harming or threatening you in any way- it has a soul just like us, if you treat it with respect and the equality it deserves it will only return the favour.
It is worth remembering that bees do not like the smell of alcohol on people, the “animal” smell of leather clothing, even watchstraps. Bees regard dark clothing as a threat – it could be a bear! Bees are sometimes confused by scented soaps, shampoos and perfumes. This is best avoided anywhere near their hive.
Stop consuming honey
It’s important to understand that bees don’t make honey for us humans, they make it to feed their colony during wintertime. It’s their honey. Purchasing honey doesn’t help the bees, even though many people want this to be true. Beekeepers will tell you that they love their bees and that they’re working with them to “help them reach their full potential”, which just happens to be measured in honey output. It’s an exploitative business whose number one concern is profitability. There are also many honey alternatives like agave nectar for example.
Also, most beekeepers replace their honey with corn syrup. Something which I believe to be the main cause of their endangerment in extinction. Corn syrup is not in the slightest way good for humans so we can only imagine how harmful it is to another species. One of the reasons why vegans do not consume honey is due to many beekeepers ripping the wings off of the Queen Bee. This is due to the fact that bees only produce honey if the Queen bee is present. They take away this poor creatures only mode of transportation, it’s like someone chopping off your legs so you can’t leave. When we purchase honey not only are we objectifying and exploiting another being, we are also supporting the abuse.
It’s also worth noting that honey is basically bee vomit- really, why would we even want to consume that?
How are you helping the bees this season?