Why the bees are disappearing, and why you should care.
There’s a lot of buzz around bees these days, and it’s important to know why!
These flying insects pollinate over 80% of all flowering plants… That includes a large chunk of the crop we consume as human beings. One colony can pollinate 300 million flowers every. single. day.
But these vital members of the ecosystem are dying off. 6 million honey bee hives could be found across the US. How many are left today? Just under 3 million.
Let’s cut to the chase. What’s killing the bees?
Scientists believe that modern pesticides are the #1 bee killer. There’s growing evidence that points to neonicotinoid insecticides possible being culprit causing the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Neonics are estimated to be used on 100 million acres of farmland in the US (the actual number is most likely higher). Over 90 percent of corn and soybeans are genetically modified, and cover an estimated 89 million and 85 million acres, respectively.
You might now be wondering… Why should I care?
Pollination activity from bees is worth about $20 billion alone in an average year. Most of the crops that bees pollinate are vegetables, fruits, and nuts—all staples of a healthy diet. In fact, honeybees pollinate plants that produce about a quarter of the food Americans consume.
What can I do to help?
Short of taking up bee keeping, there are few things you can do at home to help out the bee population. Start by planting bee friendly flowers and shrubs. They’ll attract these pollinators to your safe home environment.
Where can you find these plants? Right here at Wasson Nursery! Stop in and see Marnie’s awesome pollinator exhibit and do your part to save the bees and save the world!
Want to find out which pollinator plant is right for your yard? Check some great options at your local Wasson Nursery!