2008-05-20

Save the Bees, Save life as we know it



It's not that I don't think people care. Rather, it seems some people are unaware of the seriousness of the situation. Also, I believe some people suffer from "someone else will take care of it" syndrome. Well, in that case, I just have to say: wake up. We all have to do our part and there is something that each and everyone of us can do. For more information, I have listed some sites below that contain excellent information.


Here are some excerpts from the links below:

"Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans."

"In recent years, beekeepers have been losing 25 percent of their hives each winter."

"Insects pollinate two thirds of the world's crop species, whose fruits and seeds together provide 15 to 30 percent of the foods and beverages that we consume--approximately, one out of every four mouthfuls."

"The United States alone grows more than one hundred crop plants that need pollinators, such as apples, cherries, pumpkins, blueberries, and many other fruits and vegetables filling grocery store shelves."

"Insect-pollinated crops contributed an estimated $20 billion to the United States economy in 2000."

Save the Bees Article
Colony Collapse Disorder
Join the Hunt for Bees
Adopt a Hive
Help the Bees
Save the Bees Facts and Info
5 Ways to Help


Simple things you can do to help:

• Do not use insecticides
• Support local organic farmers
• Plant seeds to attract bees:
      › Calendula
      › Clover
      › Shasta Daisy
      › Lance-Leaved Coreopsis
      › Plains Coreopsis
      › Purple Coneflower
     › Sweet William Catchfly
• Buy honey only from bee keepers that use sustainable practices (no chemicals!)
     › Honey Gardens
• Spread the word!

-heather



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4 comments:

s t a c y said...

Hey, we're doing the Great Sunflower Project (still waiting for seeds).

I like your blog, too! You have a great mix of being informative and personal.

Got you in my reader now. ;)

Take care!

veggiemama said...

Thanks for the kind words stacy :)

I think that is awesome that you are doing the Great Sunflower Project... hope you get your seeds soon. I bet they had an overwhelming amount of responses :)

Kalisha said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my site. I really like yours too--very informative. I just started a garden and the suggestion for bee attracting flowers is great!
I will stop by again. Hope you don't mind I added you to my blogroll. Take Care, Kalisha

veggiemama said...

Kalisha,

thank you :)
I don't mind at all, that would be great.

I added you to my list. Thanks for stopping by!