By now I am sure you have heard about what is happening to our bees. These tiny workers help bring food to our table. This year I saw many of my zucchini flowers not grow into zucchinis; it seems they did not get pollinated.
From April 2016 to April 2017, 33% of US bee colonies died! Between 1947 and 2005, the number of bees in the United States declined from 5.9 million to 2.4 million.
“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” – Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee
We Need Our Bees for Survival!
What is it About Bees and Pollination?
Bees are the big pollinators. For many plants to reproduce they need to pollinate. They collect nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant, some of this pollen from the flower’s male reproductive organ sticks to the bee’s hairs. Then the bee goes to another flower and some of this pollen is rubbed off onto the flowers female reproductive organ. Now, fertilization can happen; a fruit, carrying seeds, can develop.
Each day, a bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers. This is why our food crops, are so dependent on the bee.
Do note that Bees are Dying! Monsanto’s Roundup Blamed
“Honeybees are strongly affected by the quality of their environment, including flower diversity, contaminants, and pests. To keep healthy bees, you need a good environment and you need your neighbors to keep healthy bees. Honeybee health is a community matter.” said Nathalie Steinhauer, graduate student, UMD Department of Entomology who leads the data collection efforts for the annual survey.
The study shows honeybees are starving because of Roundup!
Roundup causes honeybees to starve according to a study. Glyphosate is used for weed control and that is the main active ingredient in Roundup. The bees forage for nectar in those sprayed areas and bring tainted nectar back to the hive which ends up killing all the bees. Glyphosate affects the bees so they don’t remember how to forage correctly and can’t eat thus dying from starvation.
A beekeeper, Terrence N. Ingram, writing for Mother Earth News, in 2010 speculated that Roundup is a primary cause of the bee colony collapse CD. He said he had seen whole bee colonies collapse soon after near fields were sprayed with Roundup. Whole colonies were found completely dead.
Roundup is very widely used all over the world and it is harming honeybees. Time to save the bees and many other species and BAN Glyphosate & GMOs worldwide Now! Sign the petition
“Send the love. Every little thing needs love.” – Miss August in The Secret Life of Bees
Now is the time to learn 10 Ways to Save the Bees
Bees are vital for a healthy ecosystem and play an important role in pollinating many of our food crops.