3 Ways to Help Protect Bees from Extinction
By: Ariana Palmieri
Did you know seven bee species native to Hawaii are now protected under the Endangered Species Act? They've been added to the endangered species list because after years of research, the US Fish and Wildlife Service have concluded they are under threat. Bees pollinate practically everything we eat such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Without them, we wouldn't have the foods we enjoy today. Here are three ways to help protect bees from extinction.
Buy local raw honey
Did you know your honey could be infested with chemicals? That's because not all beekeepers treat bees the same: Some hives are sprayed with chemicals as part of the honey harvesting process. This hurts the bees and can harm you, since you're eating their honey. To avoid this, make sure you buy local raw honey whenever possible. Beezy Beez is local to new york and new jersey, making it the ideal honey to purchase if you live in this area. There are a number of places you can find Beezy Beez honey: You can purchase it online or go to your local store and find it in the honey aisle. Here's a list of places you can find our delicious raw local honey. There are so many health benefits to our honey and the taste is undeniably better. This is all thanks to the way our bees are treated and the way we package our honey. We treat our hives like gold and, in turn, the bees reward us with delicious golden honey filled with anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins and minerals. Unlike store-bought honey that’s been processed with heat, we never remove any of the beneficial bee pollen or pee propolis from our honey because that's what gives it all the flavor and health benefits. Our honey can even help calm seasonal allergies. By supporting what we do, you're helping keep bees happy and healthy, all while enjoying a healthy treat.
Plant bee-friendly flowers
Have you heard of monoculture based food farming? Essentially, it means a farm that consists of one crop year after year on the same land. And guess what? It's hurting bees. Bees are losing their habitats because of monoculture farms for one big reason: No flowers. If the land is flower barren, bees can't collect nectar and wind up starving. This is a problem even suburban areas where way too many people insist on having perfect lawns and dub any naturally occurring flowers (such as violets, clovers and dandelions) as weeds. Meanwhile, these plants are not only edible (for humans) but also can help feed bees with their nectar. Getting rid of them makes food harder to come by for bees, which means they have to travel farther from their hive. This is an exhausting act, and the farther they have to travel for food, the more likely they are to starve or get eaten by a predator. To help bees out, try planting some bee-friendly flowers that will make your lawn both beautiful and a safe haven for bees. Look into what plants are native to your area and good choices for bees. Some plants that bees love include cosmos, sunflowers, poppies, black eyes susans, passion flower vine and honeysuckle. Make sure to double check which flowers are native to your region before planting of course. Also, remember to avoid using any chemicals and sticking to organic seed mixes, which will ensure the quality of your plants. The bees will surely thank you!
Avoid using chemicals or pesticides on your lawn and garden
Simple rule to live by: Avoid using chemicals and pesticides. Always. They will do so much harm to your plants, the bees and eventually yourself. When a flower or a plant is sprayed with a pesticide, it's absorbed into it whether you know it or not. In the case of flowers, the pesticide gets absorbed into their nectar. Bees then ingest this contaminated nectar and take it back to their hive. They then create a toxin filled, pesticide riddled honey that's not just bad for the bees' ecosystem, but dangerous for us to eat. Neo-nicotinoid (neonics) is one of the most commonly found pesticides on farms, gardens and public lands like school yards. Neonics are so common, in fact that they now make up 25 percent of the pesticide market and they're licensed in over 120 countries. If you don't want to see bees ingest plants sprayed with this stuff, make sure you only use organic pesticides on your lawn and garden, if any at all. This will keep your local bees quite healthy and happy (and result in healthy honey for beekeepers too).
Ariana Palmieri is a green beauty blogger who strives to live as eco-friendly as possible. In July 2015 she started her blog, Greenify-Me, to document her own journey with sustainable products and makeup that would benefit the environment. In her spare time she loves to read wellness-related books, devour sushi, drink bubble tea with her boyfriend, and befriend stray cats.