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    Five Steps to Save Bees

    Itís no secret that bee populations are on the decline and that this decline of bees has a significant impact on eco systems across the world. A combination of factors, including environmental factors, our use of and attitude towards honey, chemicals and even climate change have all contributed to the tracked decline in bee populations. But those are all big picture factors. What can one individual do to help ensure the resurgence of and continued stability of the bee population?

    Here are five steps that you can take that will help to not only protect and restore the bee population but also help the planet overall. Double bonus!


    Reduce Your Use of Pesticides: We could go on and on about the reasons to focus on organic, pesticide free produce and products, but if you care about the bees reducing pesticide use is even more important. Many pesticides for both industrial produce and local gardening are proven to play a role in bee decline, and these pesticides can stay in the soil (and thus plants) for years. Begin your journey to pesticide free.


    Buy Local Honey: Bee keeping practices of industrialized honey makers have also contributed to bee decline. Buy your honey from a local honeymaker whose beekeepers you can ask about their practices. You may pay slightly more, itís true. But the price of continued bee decline is more. Also, your honey will taste better!

    Grow Some Herbs and Heather: Whether in your garden, your yard or even a window box if youíre in the city, plant some basic herbs and some heather plants. You can even add some traditional wildflowers, but herbs and heather are pretty easy to grow even if you donít have a green thumb, and theyíre favorites of foraging bees.

    Donít Disturb the Bees That You Find: If you come across a hive or next, please do your best to not destroy it. Nobody likes to get stung, itís true. However, chances are the bees wonít bother you if you donít bother them. Really think about whether you need to disturb or destroy any bee colonies that you come across.


    Spread the Word: Most importantly, make sure that everybody you know also knows about the importance of protecting the bee population and what we can do to help with that.



    Bees are responsible for critical pollination steps in the eco process. Be aware and help to restore their populations to the necessary levels for our planet to flourish.

    Source http://www.tinygreenbubble.com/anima...s-to-save-bees

    Plans to build a hive http://mistressbeek.com/2009/05/03/d...-top-bar-hive/


    Does anyone keep bees? I rent a large house with 3 friends, we have a large garden. Would be fun to try to keep some bees.

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    Buy Local Honey: Bee keeping practices of industrialized honey makers have also contributed to bee decline. Buy your honey from a local honeymaker whose beekeepers you can ask about their practices. You may pay slightly more, itís true. But the price of continued bee decline is more. Also, your honey will taste better!
    Furthermore it is said that local honey is healthier as well. It's also very good for people who have hay fever. Using local honey regularly lessens the allergic reactions to the plants which the bees have used for their honey (i.e. the local flora). A beekeeper once told me that when you constantly buy honey from stores, the only thing you gain is that you won't be allergic to plants in Brazil or some other tropical country.
    At home we always buy honey from local beekeepers and indeed, it tastes a lot better. Often you also get different types of honey in different seasons.

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    One of my older brothers keeps Bees, it started out with just a hobby and it kept growing from there. He says Honey is just a byproduct and sells mostly the wax they produce.I sometimes help him rob the hives. He seems to enjoy messing around with them. I like the honey candy and of course there is the chance to make mead.
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    It is of no surprise to me. Far too many companies (and governments for that matter) these days think "Who cares if we ruin the environment, as long as we make a profit".

    I am no hippie, but we must respect nature, otherwise there could be dire and unforeseen consequences.

    Besides nature is beautiful and something worth preserving. I enjoy hiking in the woods in the local park (to escape the city) for hours on end.

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    Greetings Germanics! Its not just the Bees that are in decline, all insects seem to be suffering. The authorities aren't as worried about this as they should be. Of course, there is less corporate money to be made from plants which reproduce naturaly in the wild. I'm sure giants like monsanto would rather the land was cleared ready to accept their genticaly engineered sterile offerings.

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    Chemtrails and bee decline

    http://www.whale.to/b/chemtrails91.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto

    Genetically engineered crops may be causing trouble for the bees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlŠine View Post
    Greetings Germanics! Its not just the Bees that are in decline, all insects seem to be suffering. The authorities aren't as worried about this as they should be. Of course, there is less corporate money to be made from plants which reproduce naturaly in the wild. I'm sure giants like monsanto would rather the land was cleared ready to accept their genticaly engineered sterile offerings.
    This is true,i remember as a child going for walks in the fields near where i live in Kent.
    First there were miles of hedgerows which are now long gone.....thus doing away with insects and birds and field mice,not to mention the blackberries and holly and other fauna.
    The lapwings have long gone,i remember sitting in the fields and watching them dart about and play...i cant remember the last time i saw one.
    To actually see a lark in the summer is a rare treat...they too sadly are in decline.

    As for the crops....walking through the corn is now like walking through tall grass...they have this short stemmed high yeald top heavy variety that matures in a couple of weeks and grows no higher than my shins.

    One nice bit of news though is that we have a rare albino badger that we sometimes see at night,this must be hereditary because in the 80's we also had one......cant be the same one im sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlŠine View Post
    I'm sure giants like monsanto would rather the land was cleared ready to accept their genticaly engineered sterile offerings.
    All part of the plan I'm sure.

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    This morning when I walked in our vegetable garden I saw our bees on the maize collecting pollen.
    Most "agriculturalists" will tell you maize doesnīt need insects for pollination, therefore the insects are not threatened by the genetically modified maize.
    I however wonder since the maizegenes have been spliced with the bazillus turingensis genes to cause diarrhoea to caterpillars thus killing them. Since most of the pollen bees take to their hives is used to feed the larvae and pupae, I am convinced it will also harm their larvae.
    In S Africa most maize seed is from Monsanto or from any daugther company like for instance Pionneer.
    I have not yet found any scientific report on any research on this topic.

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