A world without honey bees looks pretty different. They give so much to our food system, and are an important part of life here on Earth. We need bees to pollinate flowers, foods, and other plants. In the infographic below you can see what will be affected if all the honey bees die.
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I have heard stories of scientists trying to invent ways to make pollination possible without the honey bees. Even if they succeed, bees do not only serve one purpose. The wax and honey they make is widely used by humans all over the world. Every being on this planet serves multiple purposes. Sometimes we will never understand how one animals or insect will effect the rest of the world or part of our world. Take the wolves for instance. They reintroduced wolves into Yellowstone and it is thriving. The documentary on this was amazing and intense. The impact these wolves have not only on the other animals but on the land too. It is a must see video!
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Things you can do at home to help the honey bees
Start a garden that bees will love. Plants things like cucumbers, pumpkin, tomatoes, berries, sunflowers, basil, sage, thyme, broccoli, and squash. There are many more options check out planting a bee garden for more suggestions and information.
Buy honey locally. This can help local bee farmers business grow, and provide them more money to keep operating.
Become a beekeeper, or adopt a hive. Contact a local bee keeper and ask if you can adopt one of the hives. This will help not only the farmer but the bee population too. Some bee farmers offer services like this that may include receiving honey and other products, and more information on bees and bee keeping.
Quench thirsty bees and provide them with some nutrition. Mixing water and sugar together in a bowl with something like marbles is a great way to give the bees water without them having the danger of drowning. The marbles give them somewhere safe to land. Make sure the marbles just cover the water and are not under it.
Refrain from using chemicals that are known to be poisonous to bees. Read protecting the bees from chemical pesticides, by Maryann Frazier of Penn State to learn more.
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If you are thinking about starting your herb garden with seeds instead of plants, check out this Seed Starting Class first. It’s a very affordable way to learn about growing from seeds. I took the class myself from the Online Gardening School. The instructor Rick has 18 years of gardening experience! He really knows what he is talking about!
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