“Bees pollinate a third of our diet,
yet they’re literally vanishing from their hives”“Many people have no idea that honey bees play an essential role in our agricultural system. By raising awareness of the issue we hope to motivate people to take action and share many ways they can be a part of the solution.”
Honey bees pollinate more than 100 fruit and vegetable crops around the world, from cucumbers to almonds, and are essential to maintaining our food supply. Approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bees, according to the American Beekeeping Federation.
What You Can Do
Whole Foods Market offers six easy ways for anyone to help declining honey bee populations. You can:
1. Bee organic. Buying organic is one of the easiest ways to support bee-friendly forage.
2. Bee a gardener. Plant bee-friendly fruits and flowers to provide forage for honey bees.
3. Bee savvy at home. Most lawn, garden and home pest problems can be solved without toxic and persistent chemical pesticides.
4. Bee a smart shopper. Several Whole Foods Market suppliers have donated funds to support honey bee preservation. Look for “Share the Buzz” signs on their products.
5. Bee a beekeeper. Whether you live in the country or the city, you can show your commitment to honey bees by hosting a hive in your backyard or even on a rooftop. The backyard beekeepingmovement is growing, so you’re sure to find swarms of folks who can help you find your way.
6. Bee social. Social media can be a powerful tool for busy bees. Share stories, videos and more honey bee action ideas from Whole Foods Market’s Facebook and Twitter posts.
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