Tiny, Busy, powerful...
The Bee is Bombilore's emblem & spirit guide:
Indispensable Allies In Our Ecosystems,
Our Lives Depend On Bees...
And They Are Disappearing.
Bees are responsible for pollinating over a third of our food,
while helping maintain a world rich in biodiversity.
“The fact is that of the 100 crop species
that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food,
over 70 are pollinated by bees.”
Since the late 1990s, beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies.
Bees make more than honey. In Europe alone, the growth of over 4,000 vegetables depends on the essential work of pollinators. But currently, more and more bees are dying. The main reasons for global bees' decline are industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens and climate change. The loss of biodiversity, destruction of habitat and lack of forage due to monocultures and bee-killing pesticides are particular threats for honeybees and wild pollinators. It is becoming increasingly evident that some insecticides, at concentrations applied routinely in the current chemical-intensive agriculture system, exert clear, negative effects on the health of pollinators – both individually and at the colony level. The United States has seen a 40% (Yikes!!) loss of commercial honeybees since 2006.
there is so much we can do!
Sign the Petition
Visit the Greenpeace Save the Bees site, scroll down, and sign the petition, 500,000 strong and counting. The more people who sign, the more we can influence the governments and companies who can act to save the bees. Your voice matter!
Plant A Bee Garden
Plant a native flower garden in your backyard, front yard, even in a window box! Welcome the bees. Find the best bee plants for your region. Feeling ambitious? Consider raising bees! You'll get free honey from those generous souls, after days spent pollinating food and flowers in your area!
Spread the Word
Learn more about this wonderful species and the threats against them. Talk to friends, family, students, and leaders in your community about this epidemic. Start and maintain the conversation.
Perhaps the most important step you can take. Choose organic products and organic gardening. Many resources exist to help you. Start by using only organic fertilizers, pesticides, and outdoor cleaning products. Especially for the bees, we want to avoid products containing Neonicotinoids. Learn how here!