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Save the Bees May 22, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Eco/Green, Food, General.
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Honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. Much of this is due to CCD (colony collapse disorder). What is CCD? The simple definition is where a group of seemingly healthy worker bees up-and-leave their hive abruptly and permanently. Beekeepers first noticed this movement in late 2006. Researchers estimate that nearly one-third of all honey bee colonies in the country have vanished. (source: NRDC.org)

“Why are the bees leaving? Scientists studying the disorder believe a combination of factors could be making bees sick, including pesticide exposure, an inadequate food supply, and a new virus that targets bees’ immune systems.” (source: NRDC.org)

Think you won’t miss the bees?Ā  Think again.Ā  One out of every three bites of food we eat depends on bees for pollination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about one-third of the human diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants and that the honey bee is responsible for 80 percent of this pollination. As a matter of fact, bee pollination is key in producing many fruit, vegetable, and nut crops (strawberries, cucumbers, almonds, etc).

How can you help?
1. Plant bee-friendly plants in your yard like lavendar, rosemary, or sunflowers.
2. Stop the use of harmful pesticides.
3. Help support beekeepers by purchasing local honey or honey products like beeswax candles.
4. Here’s my favorite: Eat ice cream, but not just any ice cream. Haagen-Dazs is donating funds to Penn State and UC Davis for every container of “vanilla honey bee” ice cream or “vanilla, honey & granola” frozen yogurt sold. The funds will go to support honey bee and sustainable pollination research programs at each of these universities.

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1. houndstooth1 - May 23, 2008

I bought local honey at the Del Ray farmers market recently, and fortunately they are all doing ok. They are at the market every third Sat., and there is another local honey vendor at the Alexandria City market.
Should be a great weekend for markets!

2. smooregasbord - May 23, 2008

I have also read that another benefit of eating local honey is that it can help lessen your allergies during the spring. I’m all for that!! Thanks for mentioning the availability at the markets!

3. Ramona - May 27, 2008

More honey!! Bees n Blossoms joined the Kingstowne market. Check out my post to see the incredible (mostly edible šŸ˜‰ honey and bee pollen they sell!

4. smooregasbord - May 27, 2008

I didn’t know that there was a market in Kingstowne. Their products look tempting…especially the creamed honey and honey jellies. Thanks for the link!!

5. Beth Camp - June 5, 2008

I love the Kingstowne Farmers Market – it is Fridays late afternoon into evening – let me know if you ever want to meet up there!

6. smooregasbord - June 5, 2008

You’re on!!

7. Whiney - June 20, 2008

Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation šŸ™‚ Anyway … nice blog to visit.

cheers, Whiney!!


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