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The Plight of the Bumble Bees

The Plight of the Bumble Bees

By Susan Williams

Bees. We may not think about them on a regular basis but we should. And given that today is World Bee Day, it’s probably a very good day to do this.

In an article published by Pacific Standard, they shared that;

“One in every three bites of food we eat is made possible by bees. They pollinate almonds, apples, blueberries, squash, tomatoes, and many other popular crops. They also pollinate alfalfa, which we feed to farm animals, so they support the meat component of our diet too.”

What is concerning is that the bee population is dropping at a much higher rate then should be expected. 

The following video by Time Magazine does a very good job of explaining the situation and why it’s important that we actively protect and save the bees.

Based on current research, it is believed that pesticides are a significant contributor to the problem along with a number of other issues. Many countries are now putting in bans to eliminate the use of these pesticides but the bees still need our support.  

Even though bee extinction may not eliminate all of our food sources, the fact that bees are major contributors to our food chain through pollination would impact the availability of many foods that we take for granted.  Whole Foods in the US even pulled produce from one of their stores to demonstrate the impact that bee extinction would have.

So, what can we do?

At our own homes we can each plant bee attracting gardens and eliminate the use of pesticides to help develop healthy food sources for bees.  We can also support local organic honey producers and farmers by purchasing their products and use our cash to also serve as our voice.

We owe it to future generations to start taking action on these issues.  If we don’t speak up and take a stand for the bees, who will?

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.
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