Here at Kobees, bees are our everything, they give us food to eat, they pollinate the plants we see on a daily basis, they provide honey for us to put in our food and drinks, and they make and supply us with beeswax to make chapstick we value so much here at Kobees .
Since the late 1990s beekeepers and scientist alike have been seeing waves of bee colony declines. Unusually high rate of bee colonies disappearing out of nowhere.
The main reason for the global bee decline has to do with industrial agriculture/ parasites and pathogens and especially climate change. Within industrial agriculture, monoculturing has been a big factor in why the bee population has steadily been decreasing. Monoculture is the practice of planting the same crop or plant year round, using the same soil and rotating it with three or four other crops.
Planting a variety of plants will provide beneficial nutrients and having a large range of insects is necessary for ensuring one doesn’t damage too many crops. By directing away from natural elements provided by the ecosystem, monoculture must replicate these to protect the crops and the profit they make. This involves the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, bactericides. The use of the synthetic fertilizers and herbicides get to the bees when they pollinate and affect their health greatly.
To help the bees be sure to be cautious of the food and produce you buy, trying to shop more at organic market, buy food that is regionally grown. Avoid the use of pesticides in your garden, and plant bee friendly plants.
Bees are apart of everyday life and can affect change further than you realize. Look out for the little workers and pollinators as they have a huge impact on the world around you. Being more cautious of what we buy and what we use at our home can greatly impact a bees health. Let me sure these little guys are around for a long time, because if they start to disappear we are in for a rude awakening.