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 opens in a new tab to eating organic cantaloupe opens in a new tab, planting a pollinator-friendly garden opens in a new tab, or even keeping a backyard bee hive opens in a new tab. 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 opens in a new tab video to learn the basics, then visit our non-profit partner, The Xerces Society opens in a new tab, 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 opens in a new tab and Twitter opens in a new tab posts. If you’re on Pinterest opens in a new tab, 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.