To Bee or Not to Bee? Sobering Bee Facts

 Albert Einstein had estimated that if all the bees were to die, the human race would be extinguished after about 4 years. This is a sobering thought, considering that due certain types of diseases, which are for a large part caused by the use of fertilizers as well as to all sorts of other chemical concoctions, which are intended to help our foods grow faster and bigger and protect our crops from undesired insects bees are dying off faster than they can reproduce.

Bees are dying so fast that we’ve already lost over a third of the total honeybee population in the US, as well as in most other countries worldwide. Each year we are losing about 8% more. Those statistics are very troublesome for agriculture, which heavily relies on honeybees to produce roughly one third of the food we consume. Approximately one half of the human diet is derived directly or indirectly from crops pollinated by bees. Scientists are predicting that honeybees will be extinct in the US by 2035.

The fact that the profession of a beekeeper has lost much popularity, as much fewer young people are interested in the job is another factor.

Is there something you CAN do about that?

Yes there are things you can do. For one thing you can call your representative and ask for more bee research funding as well as organic agriculture.

Have a natural, organic garden with an abundance of native plants.

Moreover, you can take a class on bee keeping and if you have the space, set up a beehive.

Ask your or your child’s school to start a bee club. Many schools nation wide have already started this. Keeping bees will not only provide you with delicious honey, it will also broaden your understanding about our world, as it will give you a truly noble and significant duty.

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