The Buzz on Bees

Photo borrowed from ted.com

Photo borrowed from ted.com

Recently, Cheerios launched a campaign to save the bees in which consumers could request a packet of wildflower seeds to be mailed to them to plant in their gardens at home. It got me thinking - was this just a marketing ploy? Or do bees really need saving? I decided to do some research and stumbled upon a webpage on Greenpeace with some valuable information.

To save you the trouble of reading the website, I’ve rounded up some quick facts that you should probably know.

  • Honey bees perform 80% of pollination worldwide
  • Fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees
  • 70 of the top 100 human food crops are pollinated by bees
  • Bees are dying because of pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, and global warming - mostly man-made causes
  • A bee keeping veteran (with 42 years of experience) reported a 90% die-off among his 3000 hives in 2006

In case you missed the whole point - bees are dying at an alarmingly rapid pace and if this continues, 70 of the top 100 food crops will die with them. So unless you feel like eating only broccoli, beans and corn for the rest of your life, this is SERIOUS.

So how can we save them?

  • Ban the seven most dangerous pesticides
  • Protect pollinator health by preserving wild habitat
  • Restore ecological agriculture
  • Check out Greenpeace or your local bee saving organization for more information!

And as if you needed more reasons to stop turning a blind eye, here are some delicious Honey recipes that you will not have if bees become extinct.

Honey-Roasted Carrots by Southern Living

This delicious recipes amps up your traditional side of veggies with a hint of sweet, a touch of bourbon and a whole lot of flavour.

Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos by With Salt and Wit

I LOVE Mexican food! Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, taquitos, chimichangas, enchiladas, salsa; you name it, I’m about it. This is a set it and forget it recipe that is sweet and spicy with a nice crunch. DELISH

Lavender Cupcakes with Honey Frosting by Huffington Post

Two dainty flavours like floral lavender and sweet honey make a surprisingly perfect pair in these cupcakes.You’re going to LOVE them.