Bees are in danger due to a deadly mix of pesticides, parasites and climate change. The role bees play in pollination means that they are crucial to our food supply. A third of all our food depends on their pollination in order to fertilise the plants so they can produce fruit, vegetables and seeds. Without bees, feeding the world’s population would be nearly impossible.
Humans aren’t the only species that depend on bees for their survival as many other animals rely on insect pollination to be able to access their food. Pollination also allows the growth of flowering plants, which provides habitats for other animals. If bees were to become extinct, the delicate balance of the Earth’s ecosystem would be jeopardised.
The use of neonicotinoid pesticides in farming act on bees’ central nervous systems. They damage their capability to reproduce, impede their ability to fly and navigate, hinder their honey production and eventually lead to paralysis and death. What a terrible fate for the beautiful bee.
By choosing to buy organic fruits and vegetables, you are sending a message to food producers that you do not support the use of bee-killing neoincotinoid pesticides. Yes, buying organic is usually more expensive. But by purchasing organic you are voting with your dollar and helping to bring about more affordable organic produce as the market changes in response to consumer demand. Growing food without chemicals is how nature intended it to be. And nature knows best.
Other actions you can take include planting a bee-friendly garden with lots of bee-loving flowers and herbs. And if you do choose to buy honey, buy it organic from local sustainable companies and use very sparingly.