The Mystery of the Disappearing Bees
In late 2006, North American beekeepers witnessed a mysterious phenomenon: in certain colonies, adult bees abruptly vanished, leaving the queen and her brood in an otherwise deserted hive.
This syndrome, known as “Colony Collapse Disorder,” focused international attention on honey bee populations, which have been declining for decades. Today, scientists and beekeepers theorize that honey bee decline is caused by a combination of factors, including parasites, pesticides and loss of habitat.
Where would we be without Bees?
The lives of bees and humans are intricately linked. In fact, one out of every three bites of food we eat is made possible by bees and other pollinators!
Bees are also vital to the reproduction of clover and alfalfa, which feed cattle and other grazing animals. Without bees…milk, cheese, butter and yogurt could disappear too.
Life With Bees
Life Without Bees
Hive Mind: Working Together to Give Bees a Chance
Whole Foods Market has a history of holistic thinking about food. In fact, caring for the environment and creating win/win partnerships are two of our Core Values, and we’ve been supporting organic farmers since 1980. In our efforts to support honey bees, we’re fortunate to have lots of help.
Our nonprofit partner, The Xerces Society, protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The Society advocates on behalf of bees and other pollinators by publishing research, lobbying lawmakers and educating land stewards to restore the landscape for the benefit of pollinators.
3 ways to Help at Home
Plant Flowers. Grow a mix of native flowers with different colors, shapes and bloom times. Blooming herbs, fruits and vegetables are good choices too!
Make Space. Preserve some brush piles and bare patches of soil to help native bees dig nests.
Go Organic. To help promote healthy ecosystems, choose organic foods for your table and organic seeds and seedlings for your garden.
Partnerships for Pollinators
Because the future of food depends on healthy bees, many Whole Foods Market® supplier partners support endangered pollinators.
This year, the partners below have donated a total of $115,000 to The Xerces Society to help provide bee-friendly tools and education to farmers.