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5 Ways to Help Save Bees

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

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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9:38AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

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.

2:45PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Good tips.Petition signed,thanks for sharing

6:44PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Signed we need bees

3:36PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

We must save our bees if we are to survive.

4:25PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Thanks

4:09PM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:54PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

thank you, I will follow your tips!!

7:58PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

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.

12:08PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

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.

1:48PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Thanks for the article, we need our bees.

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