Sustainability | 29 Mar, 2021

A Love Letter to the Bees

by Lee Phillips

If you could protect the creature responsible for the food that you eat and the flowers in your garden, wouldn’t you? 

When you look at a natural ecosystem, everything is perfectly balanced in a give and take, a self-correcting ebb and flow of resources. Carnivores eat herbivores and herbivores eat herbs. The foundation of this cycle are the creatures responsible for pollinating the plants and flowers – the bees. 

Unknown to many of us, bees are responsible for 75 percent of the world’s flowering plant life, and 35 percent of the food we eat. Despite their vital role in the ecosystem and our survival, the sad truth is that global warming, habitat loss, and harmful insecticides are declining bee populations rapidly. Even expert beekeepers lost 43.7% of their honey bees from April 2019 to April 2020. 

The last thing we need is for bees to become one of those friends we lose before we could ever tell them how much we love them. In that way, this acts as a love letter to the bees and a declaration of awareness – that we see the vital role they play, and are eternally grateful for it. That being said, declarations aren’t enough. We also need to act! 

Get Gardening

One of the causes of bee population decline is habitat loss. Even if you don’t have a huge garden, a simple flower box or front yard shrubbery could mean the world to your local bee colonies. Bees love native wildflowers, flowering herbs, berries and many flowering fruits and vegetables. Adding in a water source will also attract bees, and so will grouping the same kind of plant together.

Support Beekeepers and Their Businesses 

Often, local beekeepers will sell honey at farmer’s markets, or in high traffic areas like the side of a busy road. If you don’t have access to that, brands like Beekeeper’s Naturals provide ethically sourced pollen and honey products made my happy bees! Intentional beekeeping means honey that is ethical and more than just a sweetener for your tea. The Superfood Honey is a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis, and designed to support mental clarity and skin health.

Superfood Honey photo courtesy of beekeepers

Beekeepers also makes products beyond honey, meaning you can integrate your fight to save the bees in other areas of your wellness routine.  Beekeepers’ Raw Pollen is packed with nutrients and is essentially a dietary supplement for nutrient dense energy. Also, swap out your chemically enhanced cough syrup with the B Soothed Cough Syrup. Armed with pure buckwheat honey (one of the world’s most antioxidant rich honeys), elderberry, and more, B.Soothed fights coughs and sore throats, and fortifies your immune system for a full recovery.

Say No to Pesticides 

No matter what you spray them on, pesticides can make their way into flowering plants and poison bees. When it’s time to plant your garden, stay away from chemical pesticides and opt for natural insect repellents like crushed eggshells underneath your plants. Planting aromatic herbs, like yarrow, citronella, mint, fennel, catnip, basil, and lemongrass, also repel unwanted insects. 

Cutting out pesticides also looks like supporting local farmer’s markets instead of the grocery store. Often, local farmers are more likely to grow pesticide free, but make sure to ask!  If you do shop at the store, be aware of labels. In America, “pesticide free” doesn’t mean that the food was grown without the use of pesticides, only that no pesticide residue is left on the food when it is bought. Even this claim is not required to be tested and verified by the FDA. Instead, look for organic labels. In certified organic farms, the use of pesticides is prohibited at every step. 

Be More Sustainable, Period!

Lastly, everything in our environment affects everything else. Global warming and habitat loss is a leading cause of bee population decline. That means that living eco-friendly in all facets of life can all have real impacts on the fight to save the bees. Eating, shopping, composting, and producing waste – there are always ways to do better. For the bees? We would do anything! 

We love you bees!