Simple Ways to Bee the Solution

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 persistent 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.

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