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The Plight of the Bumble Bees

The Plight of the Bumble Bees

There was a blog article written by David Suzuki that has been on my mind since reading it.  In the blog, David Suzuki was identifying how critical bees were to our food production (did you know that some experts say they’re responsible for one of every three bites of food we eat?) and then identified how the bee population was dying at a significant rate.  Not only is this bad for bees but this is really bad for us.

I started to do some more research on the subject and found I was getting quite disturbed by the whole situation.  The bee population is dropping at a much higher rate than should be expected.  Time Magazine released a video on what is causing the extinction of bees.

Based on current research, it is believed that pesticides are a significant contributor to the problem along with a number of other issues.  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.