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10 Ways to Save the Bees

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1.  Insecticides (one of the leading suspects):
Last year, leaked documents exposed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) illegitimate approval of clothianidin, a highly-toxic pesticide that the regulatory agency knew was capable of killing off bees.

Also, a new study out of Purdue University confirmed, once again, that clothianidin is killing off bees, but also that clothianidin’s toxicity is systemic throughout the entire food chain.

2. Malnutrition:
Nutrition for bees might sound rather odd since they eat only nectar and pollen. What has happened though, is that honeybees don’t have the variety of flowers available to them because man has destroyed much of their habitat. We humans like our environment orderly so we clear the ditches of wild flowers and kill all the dandelions and clover in our lawns. To bees, these areas are now nutritional wastelands. Bees love weeds!

3.  Lost Genetic Diversity:
Like many other foods we eat, genetic diversity has been reduced by industrial agriculture which only wants a small limited amount of species and genetic traits which seem profitable and simple to manage.  These later turn out insufficient to withstand outside pressures from the environment.

4.  Overuse of Antibiotics and Miticides:
Many beekeepers use antibiotics and miticides (which kill mites). Even children in kindergarten are now being taught the limitations and problems associated with overuse of antibiotics.

5.  Viruses and Fungi:
Like all living beings on this earth, bees are under constant attack from evolving predators. The fact that viruses and fungi are now overcoming bee populations shows that the immune strength and overall health has been compromised by the preceding factors. There seems to be an overriding factor decreasing the overall health of bees, thus making them more susceptible to poisons and infections. What the scientists suspect and are still proving is that the bee’s natural defenses are being undermined by poor nutrition and other unnatural living conditions.

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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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