THE DECLINE OF HONEY BEES & WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP IT
When you sit down to dinner with your family and friends, honeybees are probably among the last things you think of when you're eating a forkful of salad or enjoying a slice of your apple pie. However, if your diet includes fruits, vegetables and herbs then bees should be in fact among your concerns. This is because honeybees are essential to the production of the majority of foods on your dining table - from the garlic and onions that you use to spice your dishes, the tomatoes in your sauce, to your broccoli soup.
Honeybees and their ability to pollinate play a significant role in the production of our food. Without them, we will likely resort to artificial foods made from factories laden with preservatives, MSG, toxins and other poisonous ingredients.
Unfortunately, bees have been under threat recently. In fact, bees are dying in astounding numbers all over the world. In 2008, as many as 500 million bees were reported dead in West Germany alone. The death toll increased as honeybee death reports came from United States and other parts of the world. Bee experts call this epidemic Colony Collapse Disorder.
The film Vanishing Bees explores the issue of Colony Collapse Disorder further. Praised by some critics as the “next important documentary next to An Inconvenient Truth”, the film travels all over the United States, Asia, Europe and Australia to document the struggles that bee-keepers around the world are facing.
Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths
In 2012, two studies were conducted to uncover the cause of the declining bee population around the world. These studies led to two conclusions: toxicity of pesticides used and the spreading lack of flowers and plants due to land development.
Since then, more studies have been conducted and have pointed to insecticides as the culprit. Insecticides containing neonicotinoids in particular have been found to be harmful for bee hives. Despite these studies, the science community remains largely divided as to what has caused the decline of bee populations around the world.
What You Can Do
Aside from helping expose the dangers that bees are facing today, Vanishing Bees also offers several solutions that everyone can use to help solve the death of bees. For one thing, you can start your own vegetable garden to grow your own fresh pesticide free produce. If you don't have a plot of land where you can plant a garden, you can join your local community garden instead. Flowers provide nutrition and habitat to bees, and the fruits and vegetables that your garden will yield will put fresh, delicious, healthy foods on your table for the cost of a few seeds and your time.
Other things you can do to help bees include buying organic pest control products (or refraining altogether from using fly and other sprays that are toxic to all insects, as well as humans) and buying from your organic farmers market instead of groceries and supermarkets.