The disappearance of honey bees is a lot like the global warming problem – we see evidence that it’s happening everywhere, but no one wants to acknowledge the problem exists. Major news websites have covered the gradual disappearance of honeybees in North America for some time – and people who are concerned have the right to be.
Why Are Honey Bees Important?
- They pollinate crops. Farmers can expect their yield will be increased by the pollination of bees. Crop enhancement products that are placed on plants aren’t used to increase crop yield – they’re used to maintain the quality of the product. Honeybees are directly responsible for yield due to pollination. In other words, they help spread crops and make them grow faster.
- Honey. It’s delicious. It’s antibacterial and has moisturizing properties. You know already, because we sell it in an awesome bath bar.
- Honey bee activity in gardens keeps your flowers growing and keeps them pretty. There’s no arguing that.
Don’t get us wrong – the bees aren’t going to die at once. There are a few problems, but one of them is called CCD, otherwise known as Colony Collapse Disorder.
More About CCD
For a while, scientists thought CCD might be linked to one pathogen. It turns out that several factors can contribute to CCD, including bug diseases that honeybees catch, parasite activity within hives, beekeeper migration techniques – and wait for it – pesticide.
Wikipedia tells us, that pesticide “neonicotinoidssuch asclothianidinandimidacloprid” are toxic culprits that cause problems for honey bees. Other factors may include radiation from cell phones and mobile devices, as well as genetically modified crops that use pesticides. There’s a shocker.
You can’t expect that one person will single-handedly stop the disappearance of honey bees, but you can do two things to help. The first is educate yourself on issues like CCD, and keep up with the latest scientific news that explains why it’s happening.
The second thing you can do is begin using toxic-free, harm-free pesticides in your home and garden. Some suggestions from our stock include Exodust Organic Cedar Shavings for outdoor beds and garden. The Ecotreat Linewill keep away fleas, ticks, mites, and more in your lawn or garden.
Just one simple decision can change a habit, and if enough people change a bad habit, maybe we can say goodbye to toxic pesticides!
If you have questions about how to make your lawn and garden pesticide free, we’d love to hear!