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!

Jeroen Koeman

A friend of mine: Jeroen Koeman (pictured above), started this amazing company in the USA, Wicked Tulips (formerly Eco Tulips) He is one of the few, if not the only supplier of organically grown tulips in the USA. He does not use chemicals to fertilize grounds or pesticides to kill bugs. He uses only natural ways of growing flowers, especially tulips. As he is dutch as well, I like it that he chose tulips to grow organically and sell in the USA and abroad. He is also very aware of the problems with the bees. He has a beautiful and fun way to describe it, and says every person has the power to make changes within their lives on cutting out chemicals and pesticides and save the bees.

Ecotulips Bee

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!

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

Love, Lonneke