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10 Ways to Save the Bees

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10 Ways to Save the Bees

By Randy Fritz

Around the world the bees are dying. Discover why, how you can help, and a bit of bee trivia.

If this trend continues 1/3 of our food crops will be in danger of disappearing, including powerfoods many of us love…

  • apples, peaches, pears
  • blueberry, raspberry, blackberry
  • almonds, Brazil nuts
  • pumpkins – all squashes
  • avocado
  • mango, star fruit
  • cocoa…yes chocolate!

These foods are dependent upon bees to pollinate and so, while bees are making delicious honey with all its health benefits, they are also helping the whole world.

Why is this happening? No one knows for sure but here are possible causes:

  • Insecticides
  • Malnutrition
  • Lost genetic diversity
  • Antibiotics
  • Virus and fungi
  • Genetically modified crops
  • Electromagnetic radiation
  • Loss of habitat

Many of these causes are also affecting other plants and animal species on this earth. Some of these may even be influencing your own health.

Although there has been some attention from the press about this problem, it’s not enough. Many people categorize this trend in the same distant way that they think about the loss of some exotic creature, like  panda bears. Bees may not be cute like pandas but they are vital for our own life.

Following is a closer look at the problems and solutions:

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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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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!

8:55AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

There is a great book, "The Life of Bees" by Laurence Packer, who is a melittologist at the University of Toronto. I completely agree with the end of his book....like the Mayans still do, we need to worship bees. Frankly they are far more worthy of worship than a make-believe god. Bees perform miracles, basically right in front of our eyes all the time and we never think about it. I also never, in my years of going to church, heard a single sermon on the miracle of bees.

The book is especially wonderful because there are so many kind of bees and many that we don't recognize as bees and kill as pests. I hope they are teaching about bees in elementary school because that is where the education about them must start, and then perhaps as adults these educated people will stop killing bees.

Blessed be the bees, for without them our diet will become bland and unbalanced.

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