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10 Ways to Save the Bees

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10 Ways to Save the Bees

1. Stop using insecticides.
Simple really…just do it.

2. Avoid seeds coated with insecticides.
You may not know it, but many seeds are now coated with clothianidin.

3. Read labels on garden compost.
Beware hidden killers. Some garden composts contain imidacloprid – a deadly insecticide disguised as “vine weevil protection.”

4. Plant bee-friendly plants.
Buy wildflower seeds from seed merchants, and sow in any spare patch of ground.

5. Create natural habitat gardens.
Let some space in your garden go wild. It will be a safe haven for bees and other insects.

6. Become a beekeeper.
Beekeeping is a most enjoyable, fascinating and interesting hobby and you get to eat your own honey!  If this is too much, consider offering space in your garden to local beekeepers. You can become a bee keeper, of sorts, by raising Mason Bees or simply have suitable homes in your yard.  (See point 8)

7. Buy local honey.
Support your local beekeepers.

8. Make you own ‘wild bee’ house.
Providing a simple box as a place for bees to set up home is very helpful to the bees without requiring you to look after them. Ideas for such boxes can be found online. In Canada, you can buy Mason Bee kits which have not only the homes but live Mason Bees as well.  Mason Bees are solitary bees that are much more active at pollination than honey bees.

9.  Get Active!
Sign petitions and lobby your local representative.

10. Spread the word!
Comment on this post. Share it with others. Participate in Care2 groups.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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7:30AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

Too funny - I just got done reading this article which describes how we should stop eating honey because overconsumption of honey is killing bees - http://www.care2.com/greenliving/3-reasons-to-stop-eating-honey.html#comment-6764667

Then the next article I click on encourages us to eat honey - 10 Reason why Honey is good for us and we should be eating honey.

5:19PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Thanks for the info.

7:03AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

The article mentions mason bees... http://www.crownbees.com has mason bees raised from both sides of the US, available between December and March. We also have the leafcutter bee which is perfect for gardens.

10:13AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Thanks!

2:36PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Great article,thanks for sharing

8:18AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Informative! Bees are a necessity, part of Nature's plan--we need this lovely insect for so many things in our lives!

5:26PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

thanks everyone. Avaaz recently started a great petition to save the bees. These people really do affect change.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bayer_save_the_bees_db/?tta

11:22AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Thanks for the info.

2:30PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Bees are vital to us if we wish to continue to enjoy such a variety of fruits to help us stay healthy!

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