Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Save Our Food. Save Our Bees. Act Now"

We've talked a lot about bees since the beginning of EIGN, including a few posts on Colony Collapse Disorder. Which is one reason it was exciting to come across this flier tacked to a bulletin board.

The full text from the back side is a bit hard to read in this picture, so here it is:
No Bees = No Food

Nearly one-third of everything we eat depends on bees and other pollinators to pollinate farm fields. From cherries to watermelons, we need bees to ensure crops grow. Without bees, vital crops cannot thrive and our food supply is threatened.

Honey Bees are Disappearing

Honey bees are dying. Thousands of commercial beehives and countless wild ones have died off due to a mysterious ailment scientists call Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. We don't yet know for sure, but CCD is most likely caused by factors ranging from pesticides, mites, fungus, and genetically modified plants to global warming

Our Food Will Disappear Too

Disappearing bees threaten more than honey production. The fewer bees pollinating fields, the lower the yield from every acre of food crops we eat every day. Without bees, our food will disappear.

Our Leaders Must Do More Before It's Too Late

Both Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture must invest more research dollars to find a cure for CCD and help affected beekeepers. You can help by letting them know you care.

Save Our Food
Save Our Bees
Act Now

The flier was produced by the NRDC and a lot more information can be found at If you're pressed for time, I can sum everything up for you in a few brief words: If the bees all die, we all die.

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