It is not something new that bees are having a difficult time and the population has gone done about 85% in the past years! Bees pollinating plants is vital for human foods and this decline could cause a threat to food supplies in years to come.

 

“Achim Steiner, head of UNEP, said in a statement:

“Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature. Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to seven billion people.”

– Reuters –

My memories with bees

At my high school, my biology teacher (and neighbor coincidentally) was a beekeeper in his off-time. He would incorporate this into his every day teaching, and during biology, or after school activities we would be reaping honey, or care  for the bees that were on the school’s property. We would also make beewax candles. At that moment I didn’t think about it twice, but years later I heard vandals burnt down the beehives, and I was quite sad! Now especially as I hear more and more about bees and how they are collapsing worldwide.

What can you do to save the bees

There are actually many things:

  • don’t use chemical fertilizer in your home, or bug spray for your lawn (even the ones legally sold in garden stores can be harmful) there are great organic ones!
  • Let different plants, trees and flowers grow wild in your garden or balcony, so if there are bees in the neighborhood, they have something to eat!
  • You can actively get people involved in your neighborhood to become beekeepers, or have the environment suitable for bees to live in…
  • But there is more!

Many companies and buildings are giving up space to get beehives installed. You can now buy local honey from bees even from busy places like Soho or Brooklyn. Check out Andrew’s Honey, they have beehives all over New York City!

My friend Johan Koeman of Wicked Tulips Flower Farm (formerly Ecotulips) is offering organic flowers to help the bees, together with his wife Keriann!

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There are many ways to save the bees, just start now!

Love, Lonneke

First published on August 2nd 2013, Updated in 2019