If You Can’t Bee Keeper, Then Bee Defender Not Bee Killer!
My partner and l this morning watched a small environmental video concerning the state of the global concern of the Bumblebee and how its numbers are rapidly declining. So much so that they are now officially on the endangered species list.
Their population has shrunk by 90% since the 1990’s – 90%! An astonishing and hugely worrying figure that has been brought about due to a number of causes – notably new farming methods, aggressive agricultural pesticides that cause untold deaths to our pollinators, but equally the chemicals are harming us, Mother Nature herself and climate change and global warming and of course ourselves – we single handed cause mass destruction of rural habitat, and both encourage and motivate natural habitat losses in our quest for suburbanisation.
In addition to this, the terrible lack of awareness from the public concerning the plight of the bees in comparison with those who seemingly believe in conspiracy theories that the ‘so called problem’ of the bee is a myth that purely awaits debunking and also others who seem to think that there is all the time in the world for such problems, or that it IS not their problem and the next generation along can clear up and cope with the mess left by the previous era.
An overall apathy towards our pollinators is slowly and surely decimating them from our planet – this same apathy that will lead to them ceasing to exist!
Over dramatic – not at all, sadly a terrible reality that is not so slowly unfolding before our very eyes! An example of major bee population loss can be clearly seen already in rural China, where upon pollination is carried out by the human hand rather than the bees. A problem brought around by pesticides!
Does society so readily and easily forget that bumblebees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of the world’s crops? Combine this with the overall decline of the general bee populations and no matter how you view the results it is spelling out disaster for our planet earth.
Bees are an integral part to our very existence – they help us live by not encouraging us to starve – so l am often confused by the complete and utter lack of awareness from society at times. I am further confused by those who do genuinely believe that it is all a hoax, and in the same breath will they instruct me to listen to them that global warming is NOT happening! These believers prefer to gloss over the reality of the global problems we face, purely based on the premise that these lies are all about making them go greener and invading their rights of privacy?!
How can they not understand the situation our planet and equally its human kind are actually in? I often wonder if they too are oblivious to the work of the pollinators – how many food types would be directly affected by the losses of the populations.
Apples, Plums, Avocados, Strawberries, Kidney Beans, Kiwi Fruits, Peaches, Many Nut Varieties, Cherries, Grapes, Tomatoes, The Pepper Family, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Turnips, Coconut, Rapeseed, Carrots, Lemons
The above list is just 20 that you will recognise directly with no troubles, but it is by no means covering everything.
People seemingly don’t quite understand the global impact of the decimation of the bees on not just the foods that we eat, which in even simpler terms is one in every three meals, the bees have made possible for us – so those food types listed above that everyone takes for granted would disappear. But also, there is an enormous economic value attached to the thriving bee population which is roughly around £200 billion every year.
Worldwide Beekeeper Associations are reporting hive losses of between 35-90% – these figures are shocking – no myths here – just straight forward facts. Beekeepers are struggling to fight off ‘a phenomena known as ‘colony collapse disorder’ which is literally killing off the hives.
Pesticides are a major concern, these too are destroying the bee populations and despite calls for a safer method of dealing with harmful crop insects, there is a huge financial reason for delaying any new pesticide studies and research. Chemical giants are in no immediate rush to find a safer solution, and again – we see the likes of greed sustainability here.
I wonder what good the financial green will be to anyone when the organic green is gone and the planet is slowly starving to death.
Looks pretty gloomy doesn’t it? But is there any positive news to be had?
Yes of course – you could become a Bee Keeper, but if not then in the very least help them out as much as you can…
1] Buy Your Honey from Local Suppliers.
2] Don’t Buy Supermarket Honey.
3] Eat Organically as often as possible or grow your own.