5 Ways to Help Save Bees

Pollinators like bees are critical to our world’s food supply, and their numbers are dwindling. What can we do to help save the bees?

We rely on bees to pollinate over 30 percent of our food crops, but Colony Collapse Disorder threatens the world bee population and the future of our food supply. Plants like apples, avocados, squash, cucumbers, and many other food plants that we commonly eat need pollinators in order to grow.

Luckily, it’s not all gloom and doom! Here are some ways that you can take action right now to help the dwindling bee population.

1. Don’t spray pesticides. Pesticides are a major culprit in Colony Collapse Disorder, and the best way to help bees is to stop spraying the stuff!
2. Buy organic. Support organic farmers who use natural farming methods that are bee-friendly.
3. Don’t support industrial honey. Large-scale honey operations are more focused on output and profit than with the health of the bees. If you’re going to eat honey, make sure it comes from a small operation. You can often find small beekeepers at your local farmers market, and they’ll tell you all about their beekeeping adventures!
4. Plant a bee-friendly habitat. Pollinators need a place to pollinate, and by providing bee-friendly plants in your yard, porch, or window box, you give them a place to just be. Plants like fruit, herbs, melons, and even some trees can attract bees to your yard or garden.
5. Get heard! If we’re going to help save the bees on a large scale, we need to let decision-makers know how we feel. Check out this petition aimed at the EPA calling for a ban on pesticides that harm bee populations.

Related:
Bee-Friendly Landscaping
4 Tips for Bee Keeping
Tale of an Urban Beekeeper

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by jurveston

112 comments

Janet Fletcher
Janet Fletcher3 years ago

I do follow these practices but keep sharing this information. Not enough people take this need seriously. I wish we all understood that what is good for the bees is good for people and all the planet.

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Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ
Sonia M3 years ago

Good tips.Petition signed,thanks for sharing

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Rose NoFWDSPLZ
Rose Becke4 years ago

Signed we need bees

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Penny C.
penny C4 years ago

We must save our bees if we are to survive.

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Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Thanks

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Carole H.
Carole H4 years ago

thank you, I will follow your tips!!

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Mitchell D.
Mitchell D4 years ago

We do want the bees to live for our "own selfish purposes," but as bees are, and have been, an integral part of life on Earth, we help preserve the eco-system as a whole, by engaging in this selfish behavior. It is much healthier than trophy hunting behavior, for example.

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Jay W.
Jay W.4 years ago

Animal conservationism is anathema to Evolution.

You need to sit back and consider your motivations, most of you will find that you want the bees to live for your own selfish purposes.

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Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson4 years ago

Thanks for the article, we need our bees.

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