Sunday, April 3, 2011
No bees, no veggies.
So, what can we do? We can plant bee-friendly flowers, and grow our own fruits and vegetables. We can stop using pesticides around our homes, which not only kill the pests, but also kill beneficial bugs, degrade the soil, and pollute our waterways. We can buy organic foods, which sends the message that we don't support traditional agricultural practices like chemical fertilizer and pesticide use. A local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm offers the convenience of home-delivered produce. Or, for the most local produce, grow your own on your own property!
Now, I know that bee stings can be painful, and even dangerous for some. But there are some ways we can avoid bee stings. When working in the garden, wear muted colors, wear shoes, and resist scented hair and body products. Bees rarely sting when unprovoked. If we can do our part to help the bees, we will benefit with an ample supply of healthy fruits and vegetables for generations to come.
You can learn more about colony collapse disorder here. I was inspired to share this information by hearing Ellen Page talk about the documentary that she narrates, The Vanishing of the Bees. You can watch a trailer here. To find a local CSA, look here.
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