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Share the Buzz about Honey Bees

By Paige Schilt, June 13, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Schilt

Recently, honey bees have been in the headlines. What makes bees as buzzworthy as Brangelina? Well, it has something to do with their starring role in our food supply: bees pollinate more than 100 types of crops in the US, from almonds to zucchini. They are also vital to the reproduction of clover and alfalfa, which feed grazing animals like cows and goats. To sum it up, bees and other pollinators are responsible for one out of every three mouthfuls of food we eat — yet US honey bee colonies are declining at an alarming annual rate of 30% or more.

At Whole Foods Market®, we’re passionate about a healthy planet filled with safe, reliable and delicious food. That’s why we’re raising awareness and building partnerships to help support endangered honey bee populations. Watch this video to learn more about the key players in this global drama, then read about the simple things you can do to help “bee the solution.”

Ready to get busy for the bees? Look for “Share the Buzz” signs throughout the store on products from brands that support honey bee preservation. Their donations go to the The Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization that advocates for bees through research and education. The Xerces Society will, in turn, provide bee-friendly tools and training to our farmer partners.

Bee a melon lover Crazy for cantaloupe? Bees love them too! Cantaloupe is one of hundreds of fruits pollinated by bees. From June 13th through June 26th for every organic cantaloupe purchased at our stores, 25 cents will be donated to The Xerces Society and matched by them with another 25 cents. That money will go towards providing education and tools to our farmers for honey bee preservation, so eat up!

But wait! There’s more! There are so many things YOU can do to make a more bee-friendly world — from planting varied fruits and flowers to choosing organic options for your grocery cart to building a backyard beehive. Check out more simple ways to help. Not quite ready to host your own hive, but still want to get to know bees better?

Join us online for the Do Something Reel™ Film Festival. This month’s featured film is Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? a profound, alternative look at the bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, award-winning director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Bee Social The single most important thing you can do is to talk to friends and family about the vital role bees play in our food supply. Check our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages for fascinating facts, pin-worthy projects and bee-licious recipes to help you #sharethebuzz.

How are you helping to preserve shrinking honey bee populations? Share it in the comments below.

 

9 Comments

Comments

Andrew says ...
They make great candles too! Wonderfully natural scent and clean burning. Zing candle has some great ones that I have found.
06/16/2012 12:46:40 PM CDT
Char says ...
Sweet!
06/14/2012 10:23:54 AM CDT
George Rigney says ...
I had the luck to get a close shot of a bee last summer, it is at www.zazzle.com/bee_at_rest_poster-228014377391865535. They are a wild subject to shoot as they rest for just a moment, and you have to be very close, and ready to go. We have a bottle brush tree in front, and we walk past the bees each day, so w can see them close up, busy at their flower tasks.We should disband the few large bee handlers and have all local bee hives, bees for each area they pollenate.
06/16/2012 1:35:48 AM CDT
Bonita Loyet says ...
Started bee keeping this year as a new hobby. We have 2 hives & are getting ready to start 2 more. Being organic gardeners with bee hives in the yard helps the environment & garden tremendously. The bees go about their own business & you can see the difference with more blooms on plants than last year. Our green bean patch looked like a flower garden & we've canned 15 jars so far this season. The garden looks great & the hives are pretty full, so it's time to expand with more bee hives. This is a great article to share with others. Thanks!
06/19/2012 10:46:55 AM CDT
Marilyn says ...
As a beekeeper thanks, for the bee awareness promotion. Please don't forget the local beekeepers.
06/14/2012 7:17:21 AM CDT
Weesti says ...
I'm so excited you mentioned bees and have found a way to support them! As a backyard gardener, one of the first things I learned was the importance of pollinators and planting flowers such as borage, cosmos, geraniums, marigolds and herbs such as cilantro, sage, & rosemary in among the veggies. Not only does this attract bees by providing both nectar & pollen thus insuring pollination for cucumbers & peppers, etc. it provides chances to view them at work up close. Bees aren't as scary as I thought either - if you don't bother them, they don't bother you, just like the other insects important to a successful organic garden. What a beautiful garden it makes, too!
06/14/2012 6:42:15 AM CDT
Jill Albinger says ...
Thank you for doing this. I'm trying to get some hardware stores to post natural lawn care brochures and fact sheets to educate customers about the situation and stop using pesticides. Beyond Pesticides in Washington, DC is helping me. If you have other suggestions for what else I can do, please tell me!
08/10/2012 9:34:53 PM CDT
someone says ...
What types of honey do you carry, Whole Foods?
05/20/2013 9:47:13 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SOMEONE - Our stores typically carry a wide variety of honeys. Since our products vary between locations, check with your local store to see what they have in stock!
05/20/2013 4:33:37 PM CDT