So if you didn’t get the memo, bees are in serious danger of becoming extinct. Maybe you knew this but didn’t care enough to research it, or maybe you didn’t know this and you’re wondering why, how this affects you and what you can do to help?
Haven't got a clue what I'm talking about? Read these quick facts to get you up to speed.
- Bees are the only insect in the world to produce food for humans
- Bees have been producing honey from plants for 10-20 million years
- A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day
- In the UK, there has been a loss of 45% of the bee population since 2010
- The effect of the food chain would mean that other animals such as large predators would struggle to survive
I mean, the possible of extinction of an entire species of insect should be enough motivation to help these little guys, but for those of you who need that extra kick, here is why you should care. Have you ever wondered how much bee’s affect our daily lives as humans? Well, they are EXTREMELY important, and 1/3 of food produced comes from bees. We already have starvation and hunger in the world and the impact that the extinction of bees would have of the food supply would make it just that much harder to sustain the global population.
Imagine going into Tesco or Walmart and seeing this? The impact on food supply is so significant it would effect nearly every single person on the planet, and being a vegan myself, I can't imagine a life without apples, strawberries, apricots, blueberries and tomatoes. I know I would be desperately struggling to find tasty and healthy food to eat on a regular basis, and that just doesn’t sound fun to me at all. And for those of you who live by Manuka Honey and it’s healing benefits, this would no longer be available. Oh and forget those beautiful views of bright and colourful flowers around your local park, because 85% of flowering plants and trees and 30% of the worlds crops rely on bees for survival. And to top it all off, the rise in food production would set us back $299 billion worldwide.
Insecticides, GMO's, destruction of their natural habitat, climate change
(Which are all down to the meat and dairy industry)
- Educate yourself and others
- Support your local produce – buying from your local farmers market is a start
- Stop weeding
- Keep fresh water outside for the thirsty bees. And if you have a little devil puppy like myself, try to make sure he doesn’t drink it all while you’re not looking.
- Make your own cute bee house
- Start your own gardening at home - Plant sunflower, lavender, sage, thyme, poppy, fennel, cilantro
Hopefully this post was as interesting as it was informative. I love finding out ways that I can help the planet, and I truly believe that we can all make a difference in our own way no matter how small.
SAVE THE BEES & SAVE THE PLANET ❤
DISCLAIMER: I was going to reference where I got these facts from, but I’ve just finished university and the thought of referencing anything right now makes me want to vomit so just assume these facts are correct and that I got them from reliable websites during my researching 😊