This morning I was sipping my tea with pure honey and reading the news, one headline really made me drop my drink: it’s official that bumblebee has been added to the ever-growing list of endangered species.
We all have heard that bee is an endangered species but reading that it’s official, definitely ruined my day.
How can this happen? It’s hilarious that we are looking for different species in others Planets, but we are killing the ones who live in ours.
After hundreds of millions of years of their life, spent moving from one flower to another, guaranteeing one of the most important services to the ecosystem, bees are at risk of extinction, and it’s all our fault. Climate changes, pesticides, urbanization, and many other invasive anthropogenic agents activities are the main reasons for this terrible loss. We are destroying the Earth and its inhabitants in record time!
Why are bees so important?
Do you know that bees are extremely important to mankind? Let’s see why.
Bees, bats and butterflies, as well, are pollinators, which means they move pollen from male structures of flowers to the female structure of the same plant species.
This activity helps the agriculture because it fertilizes plants from where seeds come.
Over half of fats and oils comes from crops pollinated by animals, furthermore, plants grown for food (and medicines or beverages, too) need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we rely on to survive.
One out of every three bites of food we take, from vegetables to fruits, to edible oils and honey, of course, is a direct result of pollination.
I bet you can imagine what would happen if we wouldn’t have bees anymore.
In a pill, if plants aren’t pollinated, they cannot yield fruits or produce new seeds in order to grow new plants. On a small size, a shortage of pollination results in a fruitless tree, and on a large scale, it could mean a shortage to our food supply. That would be a disaster!
Many plants need pollination to produce fruits, just to mention a few of the food we couldn’t see anymore on our tables: broccoli, avocado, cranberries, tomatoes, apples, almonds, carrots and many more.
Indeed, since ever bees had and still play a vital role in maintaining our ecosystems, in fact in addition to their value to agriculture, these animals help the entire natural world. Many wild animals rely on these tiny fellas for the production of their food sources, such as wild fruits, and so they also highly benefit from the conservation of pollinator habitat.
Has been calculated that outside the agricultural field, approximately 80-95% of the plant species found in natural habitats require animal-mediated pollination.
Why are pollinators in danger?
Mainly because of the chemicals pesticides containing neonicotinoids. Although these chemicals were lauded because considered less harmful compared to older ones, we can now discover the effects that they have on pollinators.
According to the EPA, “…neonicotinoid residues can accumulate in pollen and nectar of treated plants and may represent a potential exposure to pollinators. Adverse effects data, as well as bee kill incidents, have also been reported, highlighting the potential direct and/or indirect effects of neonicotinoid pesticides” (Source 1).
Pesticides aren’t the only factors for pollinators endanger, loss of natural habitat is a key reason too. For this, we have to thank ourselves. The human world is expanding like ever, keeps growing, and ever-destructing. The reason is that when we kill food-sources and nesting sites for these animals, we are making it harder for them to thrive.
How can we help to save bees?
Although the situation doesn’t look bright for our little friends, there’s positive news. We, humans who have created this situation, can help and be part of the solution.
The first thing to help bees, or actually, you don’t have to do, is to use pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides on your garden and plants, because plants absorb these chemicals which will reach the bees, causing their death. Then, plant bee-friendly plants and flowers in your garden, like dandelion, they provide great sources of food for bees, butterflies and others pollinators. Always remember to buy raw honey made by your local beekeepers.
Another important thing to keep in mind is to educate others, children first, about bees. These tiny animals are not dangerous, they hunt on a flower and never attack humans, unless when threatened. If we better understand bees, we will learn to better respect them.
Bees produce the delicious honey, propoli, and beeswax – all incredibly healthy, which is great to fight cold, sore throat, and others aches, but also to use it instead of sugar. Honey is not only used as an edible product but also as a base for beauty products, like honey shampoo and honey face cream.
Do you really want to live the bees to die?
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Love from The Greenders