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Simple Ways to Bee the Solution

By Paige Schilt, July 9, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Schilt

As you may have noticed, we’ve got honey bees on the brain. These amazing little creatures pollinate 100 types of crops — everything from almonds to zucchini — yet US honey bee colonies are declining at an annual rate of 30% or more.

For the past several weeks, we’ve been sharing creative ways to help endangered honey bees. They range from supporting brands that support the cause to eating organic cantaloupe, planting a pollinator-friendly garden, or even keeping a backyard bee hive. Bees are little guys who make a huge difference to the health of our planet. You can make a difference to the health of the bees with little changes in your everyday life.

Here are a few more suggestions for bee-friending bees:

Bee organic. Scientists and beekeepers theorize that pesticides are a factor in honey bee decline. Buying organic is one of the easiest ways to support a bee-friendly planet.

Bee a gardener. Plant pollinator-friendly fruits and flowers to provide food for honey bees. Visit our Floral Department or Garden Center for high-quality seeds and plants suited to your local climate.

Bee savvy at home. Most lawn, garden and home pest problems can be solved without toxic and persistent chemical pesticides.

Bee a smart shopper. Several suppliers have donated funds to support honey bee preservation. Look for “Share the Buzz” signs on their products throughout the store.

Bee a beekeeper. Whether you live in the country or the city, you can show your commitment by hosting a hive in your backyard or even on a rooftop. Backyard (and rooftop) beekeeping is a growing movement, so you’re sure to find swarms of folks who can help you find your way.

Bee informed. Check out our Share the Buzz video to learn the basics, then visit our non-profit partner, The Xerces Society, for more in-depth information about pollinator conservation.

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. If you’re on Pinterest, repin our Share the Buzz video, and Whole Foods Market will donate $1 (up to $5,000) to The Xerces Society.

Are you all abuzz about bees too? Share your favorite bee facts, tales and tips.

 

6 Comments

Comments

Scalfin says ...
Of course, one solution is to use Africanized bees, which are immune to the phenomenon for reasons that remain unclear.
07/12/2012 6:36:57 PM CDT
Richard says ...
Yes! I love bees and its great to increase the awareness of the honey bees. I know that some bee activists have got hives on top of the Tate Modern in London. You ask to share facts, well theres just too many: <a href="http://www.beesnwasps.com" rel="nofollow">Honey Bees - BeesnWasps</a>
07/12/2012 5:03:03 AM CDT
Dee Dee says ...
Africanized bees may be an answer but based on their history of attacking en mass, we really don't know what behavior they will demonstrate in the future. Apparently bee keepers have been successful in taming them but it's a new process and no one really knows if the altered behavior will continue for generations to come. While we may be forced to rely on them for survival of our crops I vote for doing as much as possible to grow our hives of sweet honey bees. Most of what needs to be done makes good nutritional sense in any case. Thank you, Whole Foods, for working towards a better awareness of the problem and helping find solutions!
07/13/2012 10:36:12 AM CDT
Kyle says ...
Africanized is not really the answer. Working in the field of animal nutrition myself, and my brother owning his own bee keeping business, the solution is to keep chemicals away as much as possible. One solution is for bee keepers to give discounts for organic farmers to pollinate their crops and farmers that do not use organic or natural forms of pesticides are charged a hefty surcharge. Also, if a swarm of bees has overtaken a chimney or tree at your house or local school, do not call an exterminator. Please call a local bee keeper or ask a local farmer who uses pollination who they recommend calling. Normally this isn't a hard task of finding someone but if all else fails, make sure to use an exterminator or pest control company who does not seek to destroy the bee's for removal.
07/15/2012 6:09:30 PM CDT
Debra says ...
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07/19/2012 1:21:25 PM CDT
AndrewVC says ...
I am a terrible seasonal allergy sufferer ever since I was kid but I've been hearing about building up resistance through bee pollen so when I was in Mexico, I bought a jar to try it. Funky tasting stuff but then found out I'm supposed to buy LOCAL bee pollen as it would have the local allergens. D'uh! So this season, though late, I bought a liquified very of Local Bee Pollen at Whole Foods in April. Allergies were late this year because it was so cool for much longer than usual in NYC. I still got the sniffles and the itchy eyes - but NOWHERE as bad as in the past where it could lay me up for a day or two. And days that other people were suffering, I didn't feel a thing! There tests that say it can be unfounded but at least this allergy season, I'm a believer. I've also noticed that even when I go to bed late (say, 2am and wake up the same time for work), I don't feel as tired as I used to. This may certainly be an effect from the bee pollen as well. I'm sold for a $10 product that lasts two weeks.
05/16/2013 10:39:00 AM CDT