Since the late 1990’s, beekeepers have noticed the mysterious disappearance of the bees. From entire colonies absconding overnight (disappearing leaving baby bee brood and honey comb behind) or an entire hive dying suddenly (beekeepers go to check on their bees only to find hundreds of thousands of bees dead everywhere). The disappearance is alarming and the results are staggering. Beekeepers are reporting a high rate of decline in their colonies.
Now, more than ever, it is important to save the bees. Bees are on a decline. Hives are dying. In some parts of the world, plants must be pollinated by hand. It is so important we save the bees.
There is not just one problem but likely 3:
- Bee-killing pesticides pose a direct and imminent danger to bees and all pollinators.
- Outdated bee practices such as feeding the bees sugar or corn syrup or creating artificially small celled wax comb weaken the immune system of the bee subjecting them to disease and vulnerability to the Varoa mite.
- The loss of biodiversity due to monoculture farming is also a threat to the health of the bee.
To protect our bees and agriculture we need to shift away from destructive outdated agriculture and beekeeper practices. The first and most important steps are:
- Ban all bee harming pesticides
- Promote, encourage, and support ecologically sound and sustainable agricultural farming
- Teach and train beekeepers how to keep bees strong and healthy naturally
- Refuse to buy honey from anyone (organic or not!) who robs too much honey (the bee’s food) and replaces it with sugar or corn syrup (which gets into the honey you buy).