In the 80’s rapid growth of certain orchards in China saw them using more pesticides killing entire colonies of bees that would have naturally pollinated those same orchards. Now, China employs thousands of their village people as human bees. Brushes made from chicken feathers to cigarette filters are dipped into bottles of pollen and then “touched” to millions and millions of blossoms. Manually.
Colony Collapse Disorder. Whole colonies of bees have been known to just die. It’s happening everywhere. “In Britain, the British Beekeepers Association has warned that honeybees could disappear entirely from the island by 2018, along with £165 million worth of apples, pears, canola and other crops they pollinate. “Source: Newsweek
Bees are disappearing slowly. We need to focus on how to reverse the process. What would the world be without them?
Pollination and how important it is to our survival
I am not a scientist – in fact I hated science in school. What I remember about pollination from those few classes I didn’t manage to fandangle my way out of was that bees pollinate our flowers. No big deal right? Wrong! Here are some pretty amazing facts that you just don’t think about when you think of bees.
- 250,000 species of flowering plants depend on bees for pollination. Many medicines, old and new, pharmaseudacle and alternative are derived from flowering plants
- most of our major crops – across the world – depend on bees for pollination
- without pollination, fruits and vegetable would become very scarce
- clothes made from cotton would be rare and expensive
What can we do to help?
Man is responsible for the dissaperance of our bees, so what can we do to alter this?
- Support those who support the bees. Buy one of natures most beneficial natural products, and enjoy the sweetness of honey.
- Think carefully before destroying their habitats.
- Don’t pour concrete over beautful gardens – plant a flower – plant a tree. Let some of your gardens grow wild, let the bees live a little!
- Use plants instead of bricks to line your walkways
- Don’t use pesticides or herbicides
- Rent a beehive
- Make meadows not lawns
- Build bee houses – yes just like bird houses – only for bees
And my personal all time favorite
- Avoid getting stung as this kills most species – not to mention how much it hurts!