When we talk about oranges or honey for that matter we think of honeybees and as you know the plight of the honeybees is trending in the news right now. We have featured a dog that helps out the bees by sniffing out the disease that affects them but today how about the people that are helping them as well.
Albert Einstein said “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
Why? Einstein said this because the survival of human beings and honey bees is intimately interconnected. According to National Geographic, a full 1/3 of the food in our grocery stores is created with the help of pollinators, most of which are bees. Every time you eat a slice of apple pie, cut up a tomato for a salad or drop a slice of lime into your drink, you are enjoying a produce item that would quickly go extinct if bees disappeared from the farms and gardens of the world. And agriculture would not be the only area to suffer from a shortage of pollinators. Honey bees are also a key factor in the procreation of native plant and flower pollutions throughout the world, which, in turn, support entire ecosystems.
However, as Richard Branson points out in his blog, the distressing decline of honey bees has sparked worldwide action and fueled a movement which may be able turn the situation around. Branson points out that “[i]n the US a native bee species was spotted this week for the first time since the 1990s and conservation efforts are underway. Back in Europe, a two-year moratorium on three neonicotinoid pesticides was announced recently the European Parliament after more than 2.5 million people signed a petition.” As celebrities, leaders and policymakers continue to join forces and raise awareness and support for this issue, we can only hope that change will come in time to save this amazing little creature.
Statistically one in three bites of food you put into your mouth today is the result of the hard working yet humble honeybee. Sadly, bees are dying off at a rather alarming rate. People all over the world have done what they can, from planting flowers that bees like to visit, petitioning their governments to stop using pesticides that kill bees, and even keeping bees themselves.
Morgan Freeman Converted His Ranch Into A Bee Sanctuary
Morgan Freeman is no different. His concern about the bees led him to convert is 124 acre ranch in Mississippi into a bee refuge complete with bee friendly plants like fruit trees and clover, magnolia trees and lavender, all spanning over many acres.
“There’s a concerted effort to bring bees back onto the planet…We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation…”
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