Monday, November 14, 2011

Save the bees

Lisen wrote a very nice post on bees (in Swedish), so I got inspired to also write about them. The fact that we need bees for our food is very basic and elementary as they pollinate the flowers that will eventually give us apples, raspberries and so on. Up to 76% of what we eat is pollinated by instects.

Unfortunately, the bees are struggling because of mites and an unexplicable sudden kill. I learned about the threats already some time ago when I saw this website and the trailer of "Vanishing of the bees".

However, according to the documentary running on SVT play until 31 November, the biggest treath to bees are acctually a mite called 'Varroa distructor'. As usual though a lot of the things humans are doing is not making it easier for the bees. We are polluting them with pesticides and destroying their natural habitats of biodiversity with our big scale agricultural ways. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of the mite is to use pesticides, which brings us to a vicious circle.

In whichever case, as non of us wants to live in a world without bees here is some tips on what you can do to save them. You can also for example support the Bee Urban organization that sponsors beehives in urban environments.

And most importantly of all, you probably want to buy honey that is local and organic. I read another piece of shocking news just a week ago; most honey in stores does not even include pollen, at least in US. This is done so the honey cannot be traceable and probably the honey without pollen comes from China.

I know that most of us probably think of bees in negative terms, as we think of being stung, but as bees do not only create honey but are a key factor for our food production we should take care of them better. Even Einstein had something to say on the matter of bees: (quote from here)

"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live."

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