Ecology surveys reveal a massive decline in bee population around the world and the long term consequences could be devastating to ecosystems and our own food chain. The fact that over 80% of the food we consume could eventually disappear, and that includes many fruits and vegetables, is alarming. Bees pollinate many fruits and vegetables that other insects do not touch, so if they disappear, we don’t have an alternative.
The bulk of the problem is the heavy use of certain chemicals in insecticides in intensified farming areas. A lot has been falsely written about pesticides and manufactured statements, portraying them as vital to supplying food internationally, which hasn’t helped the cause. However, far more could have been done by now, as this has been a recognised problem for over twenty years.
Momentum is now building with various campaigns around the world springing up, and it is getting harder for governments to ignore the plight of the bee.
We can, of course, do our bit as well, as even small changes can make a big difference. By simply not using pesticides in the garden, and growing plants that are popular with bees will have an impact. Bees love plants like buddleia and poppies, and these plants look great too whilst requiring very little maintenance.
If a garden is big enough, then a few fruit trees will also help. Can you imagine an orchard without fruit? That could very well be the future if we do not take action now. Buy organic and local produce that states support of bee keepers, and join in with bee campaigns in your area, to actively show your support.
It is hard to imagine a world without bees but it is a very real prospect, unless we all do our bit in helping to save the bee population.