A threat to bees is a threat to global food security
bee colony decline
Since 1947, the US human population has increased by 128% while the total US managed honey bee population has decreased by 54%. This rate of loss being experienced is unsustainable for our nation's food security. In the 1950s, pesticide use in farms became widespread to increase yield.
Reasons For Disappearance
In the United States, beekeepers are still currently experiencing 10%-50% losses in their managed 2.8 million honey bee colonies. These beehives are migrated throughout the nation to pollinate the food we eat. Listed below are several of the key stressors to pollinator health:
Insecticides are chemicals designed to kill insects that eat and destroy crops. Unfortunately they're commonly used, the neonicotinoid class paralyzes the neural system of the bee, resulting in impaired movement and eventually death
Bee Diseases & Parasites
In the US, varroa mites are the #1 parasites killing commercially managed honey bees. Pesticide usage and the other stressors makes treatment for the bees own diseases less effective
Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) clashes with bees by destructing their navigation skill causing them not to return home. Cell phone towers are the leading polluters for EMF
Global warming and development of new land destroys natural environments, food and water resources that pollinators require to survive
Did you know hundreds of crops rely on bees?
70 of the top 100 human crops require bee pollination and account for 90% of the world's food supply
How to Save the Bees
There are many ways to help, here are a few ways you can start to bee better
1. Donate to bee research
savethebees.com/donate connects you to research organizations working in support of bee health sustainability for our planet
2. Ban harmful Chemicals
Ban neonicotinoids allowed by the EPA which must be re-registered by 2022 in the United States.
The European Union has already banned almost all outdoor uses of neonicotinoids following a 2018 food safety report, which determined that the pesticide is a risk to bees.
3. FREE SWARM REMOVAL
savethebees.com/swamremoval provides nationwide coverage for free swarm removal in the United States
A swarm is a large group of bees flying together
Call Don’t Kill!
Swarm Hotline: +1 (800) 456-2789
4. BUY A BEEHIVE
Managing a beehive in your backyard will bring you local honey and pollination of the flowers in your neighborhood.
Get started with beekeeping here
5. Plant bee-friendly gardens
savethebees.com/garden provides a list of bee-friendly flowers you can plant to support bees in your area
Every purchase contributes towards saving the bees and supports local beekeepers in your state
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