Let's Start the Conversation
why are bees so important, what threats are they facing, and what can we do to help?
During Bee's Knees Week, bars and restaurants across the country will be serving the Bee's Knees cocktail - a classic made with gin, lemon, and honey. After the week has ended, they'll donate a portion of proceeds from that sale of the cocktail to The Bee Cause Project: an organization working to help inspire the next generation of beekeepers and environmental stewards by installing beehives in local schools and organizations. You can help by visiting participating Bee's Knees Week venues September 24th - 30th and enjoying a Bee's Knees to help save the bees!
Why Are Bees So Important?
Almost 90% of all flowering plants and Approximately 30% of our food crops depend on animal pollinators. Honeybees alone pollinate more than 90 different kinds of food crops - check out this list. in the united states, pollination by honeybees produces $20 billion+ worth of products annually.
The bee's role as a pollinator affects our entire ecosystem and the delicate balance of life on this planet - well beyond just the effect on our food crops.
What Threats are Bees Facing
colony collapse disorder (ccd), the use of harmful pesticides, varroa mites and other pests, and mono-cropping trends in our agricultural industry among other factors have a huge impact on the honeybee population. according to bee informed, 45.2% of honeybee colonies were lost last year. A fear of bees and bee stings also drives people to kill them and destroy their habitat.
you may have heard of colony collapse disorder - what is it? ccd is the sudden mass disappearance of the majority of worker bees in a colony. while the causes are still debated, many possible causes or contributory factors have been proposed, such as diseases, pathogens, pesticides, and changes in habitat. ccd was first reported in the us in 2006 -shocking beekeepers nationwide and initiating intense research into the interconnected roots of the problem.
What Can We Do to Help?
- support your local beeekeeper! buy real local raw honey, fruits, and vegetables whenever possible!
- be conscious while gardening or tending to your lawn. refrain from using neonicotinoids or other harmful pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. plant native pollinator friendly plants and reduce the amount of open grass space. don’t weed out everything! check out the us fish & wildlife’s guide to planting for pollinators.
- work in your community to encourage the conservation of wild pollinator habitats.
- consider keeping bees. there’s many easy to care for hives and companies and organizations to help you get started.
- drink a bee’s knees cocktail at participating bars and restaurants during bee’s knees week 2018!
1. bee informed partnership national management survey
2. us fish & wildlife guide to planting for pollinators
3. usda honey bee colonies report from August 2017
4. your local beekeepers association - most states have one.