If you walked into my living room these days, you might find me buried under seed catalogs, scribbled garden layout plans and mounds of research on companion planting. (that post coming soon…) Since several of the things I’m looking into planting require cross-pollination, you’d also see a few notes on how to attract more bees to the garden.
photo via CodyMcCloy
Of course it’s pretty much impossible to do any research about bees these days without running across quite a bit of worried discussion about disappearing bees and Colony Collapse Disorder. I had thought that no one was really sure of what is causing the bee die-offs, but it looks like in recent months there has been one major culprit rising to the top of the pile. I ran across this website for a documentary entitled Nicotine Bees, and according to the researchers,
“Although the bees have been in a slow decline for years, something else started in 2005-2006: a sharp and catastrophic collapse of bee colonies in dozens of countries simultaneously – with the same weird bee behaviors.
The answers have been right in front of us: the worldwide, simultaneous dieoffs of honeybees – with a strange set of behaviors seen everywhere. With the continuing bee collapse, one third of our food supply is at risk – yet despite the clear-cut scientific data, especially from Europe, in news reports this is issue is still called “mysterious.”
We think this crisis is not mysterious…
We think we know why, and Nicotine Bees is ready to show what has happened.”
You can view a trailer of the video here, then order a copy of the movie for yourself via Amazon.com, and spread the word around!
And finally, via the Sierra Club, comes this:
WANT TO EAT? SAVE THE HONEYBEE!
One out of every three bites of food that we consume is due to the work of honeybees, serving as crucial pollinators. Yet our food supply may be severely impacted by the recently identified Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) syndrome that has annually wiped out more than 30% of all honeybees from 2005 to today!
In light of the mounting evidence that new seed chemical coatings are deadly to bees, Sierra Club has been urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the use of specific chemical treatments to protect our bees and crops until more study can be done.
The Sierra Club Genetic Engineering Action Team has been asking the EPA to suspend use of nicotinyl insecticides until the EPA obtains scientific evidence that sublethal effects do not cause harm to America’s critically important honey bees. This has fallen on deaf ears. Now it’s time for every citizen to make their voice heard!
Click that link to take action via the Sierra Club. Make your voice heard. The bees, our gardens, and the future crops headed to your table thank you.