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Buzzing Off: How Dying Bees Affect You

beesfree SAVING HIVES. SAVING LIVES. BUZZING OFF HOW DYING BEES AFFECTS YOU Getting stung by a bee can hurt, but losing the bees forever can hurt even more. It may be hard to see why bees are so important to us, but did you know that 1 of every 3 bites of food we take comes from a pollinated plant or an animal that depends on bee pollination? Since the mid 2000s, bees have been mysteriously vanishing, causing many problems. Check out the graphic below that illustrates how dying bees affects you. 1 Out of 3 Bites Of Food come from a bee-pollinated plant NO NO NO BEES POLLINATION FRUITS OR VEGETABLES (MALNUTRITION) Without the bees there wouldn't be fruits or vegetables like... FRUITS VEGETABLES FIELD CROPS O Alfalfa Hay O Alfalfa Seed O Almonds O Apples O Apricots O Avocadoes O Blueberries O Cherries O Citrus O Cranberries O Grapes O Kiwifrui O Loganberries O Macadamia nuts O Nectarines O Olives O Peaches O Pears O Asparagus O Broccoli O Carrots O Cauliflower O Celery O Cucumbers O Cantaloupe O Honeydew O Onions O Pumpkins O Squash O Watermelons O Cotton Lint O Cotton Seed O Legume Seed Peanuts O Rapeseed O Soybeans O Sugar Beets O Sunflowers ...But that's not all NO ECONOMICAL HARDSHIPS FOOD COSTS BEES FOR FARMS & FOOD INDUSTRY RISE (Over $15 Billion Lost in the US) What's Happening To The Bees? In 2006, Beekeepers started reporting seemingly healthy bees were simply abandoning their hives in mass numbers, never to return. Researchers call the mass NEARLY 1/3 disappearance Colony Collapse Disorder(CCD). Symptons of CCD include: No dead bees around. Healthy queen and baby bees left behind. Of all honey bee colonies in the US have vanished What's Causing The Bees To Disapear? Chemical Pesticides Industrialized Methods Parasites or and Herbicides? of Reproducing Bees? Pathogens? POOR NUTRITION GLOBAL NOSEMA CERANAE WARMING RADIATIONS IAPV VARROA MITE MIGRATORY STRESS CONTAMINATED WATER GMO NEONICOTINOIDS DESPITE A NUMBER OF CLAIMS IN THE GENERAL AND SCIENTIFIC MEDIA, NO ONE SINGLE CAUSE OR CAUSES OF CCD HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. What Do The Statistics Say? US & CANADA WINTER COLONY LOSSES CAUSES OF COLONY LOSSES 15% 32% Starvation NORMAL WINTER COLONY LOSSES 21% Weak colonies in the fall 20% Poor queen quality 29% Weather 21% 33.8% 16% Ineffective varroa control 14% Starvation 12% Weather 9% Nosema SPP. Others 14% Weak colonies in the fall 12% Mites 10% Poor queen quality 5% CCD US COLONIES DECLINE 4,000,000 4.2M CANADA HONEY BEE COLONY 3.4M 3,000,000 575,676 2.7M 2.4M US HONEY BEE COLONY 2,460,000 2,000,000 1,000,000 1979 1989 1999 2009 US & CANADA WINTER COLONY LOSSES 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 20 40 NORMAL WINTER COLONY LOSS 60 80 15% 100 What Can You Do To Save The Bees? You can take action today and help make our world a healthier place for bees. Here are things that you can do to save our bees: Plant A Bee-Friendly Garden Flowers – especially ones native to your area - help feed bees and other valuable pollinators. Native plants also oftentimes require less water and fertilizer than non-native plants. You will be doing a huge favor to native species of bees, who have adapted over thousands of years to feed off these plants. Start A Honeybee Hive You can directly impact the health of your local ecosystem by starting a honeybee hive. Plus, you get the added benefits of bee products such as honey, beeswax, as well as the satisfaction and joy derived from working with a hive. Sponsor A Hive If you can't start your own hive or would like to help increase the number of hives, why not help fund new hive installations? A donation of any size, to an organization committed to bee preservation, goes a long way. SPONSOR• Support Your Local Beekeeper Support local beekeepers who nurture their bees while providing local communities with healthy bee products including honey by purchasing their honey at local farmer's markets. Spread The Word Spread the story of the bees to your friends and family online by sharing this infographic. Let them know how important bees are to our planet and existance. Together, we can make a difference. Sources: http://en,wikipedia,org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder http://www.ars.usda,gov/News/docs,htm?docid=15572#history http://environment,about,com/od/biodiversityconservation/a/honeybees,htm,html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 http://www.nrdc,org/wildlife/animals/bees,asp?gclid=ClbYksyX9LICFQoFnQod2nsAGg,html beesfree SAVING HIVES. SAVING LIVES. COLONY LOSSES cOLONIES THAT SURVIVED

Buzzing Off: How Dying Bees Affect You

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