Intro: How you can help save the bee population

Help Save The Bee Population: Intro

Over the coming weeks we look forward to sharing helpful information on ways you can help save the bee population. Members of our family, including myself, recently joined the local Beekeepers association. We will be attending “Bee School” with hopes of starting our own hives/colonies.

As a rare breeds farm, we are all too familiar with the concept of endangered animals. That being said, our environment can technically afford to lose certain bloodlines over others.  This is not the case for bees, however. The steady decline in our bee population is cause for severe concern. If we loose too many more, it could cost every one of us our lives as we know them if we don’t act fast.

What has caused the decline in bee population?

Insecticides are arguably the biggest global killer of bees out there, alongside big agriculture and global warming. The health of honey bees and wild pollinators are especially affected by destruction of habitat, and lack of forage due to toxic pesticides. Big agriculture and the effects of their irresponsible chemical spraying has resulted in a clear, direct negative impact on both the individual bee as well as their entire colony world-wide.

The effects of global warming are also taking out huge numbers of bees. Freezing cold winters that last into spring have decimated colonies up to 70%, like in 2014 in Iowa for example. In the last 5 years 30% of our nations bee population disappeared. In the same about of time, nearly a third of the colonies have died. We are facing a serious crisis that cannot be ignored for another minute.

Beekeepers have noted this steady decline since 2006. Without insect pollination, 1/3 of the crops we eat would be affected. We would be forced to figure out a different way to pollinate them. Apples, strawberries, almonds and and tomatoes in particular would be most greatly affected. An article in the September 2016 edition of Newsweek reported that bees pollinated somewhere around $40 billion worth of our nations agricultural produce each year.

There’s a lot to talk about

We are only tapping the surface of this extremely disturbing situation and will be bringing much more information to you each week. There are so many ways you can help save the bee population that we will go over in heavy detail. In the meantime, do your best to shop locally grown produce, don’t use pesticides in your yard, and consider bee-friendly plants in your gardens this coming spring.

Can’t wait for more updates? Read this detailed description of the declining bee population.

Baking with Honey to Help Save the Bee Population

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Intro: What is Environmental Awareness?

Environmental Awareness

Environmental Awareness

“Living Green”, “Eco-Friendly”, “Environmental Awareness” – all of these terms are frequently used to often describe the exact same thing, but are they all the same?  Environmental Awareness is work toward and advocacy for protecting the natural environment from pollution and destruction.

Over the last decade or so, more people are waking up to the needs of our planet. The environmentalism movement has played a large part in helping society understand our role as humans. Environmentalists are of the mentality that it is our responsibility to protect, respect and preserve the natural world from destructive forces. They are right.

Several high profile man-made natural disasters, like the BP oil spill, have contributed to the growth of the environmentalist movement. Unfortunately, most people don’t concern themselves with these problems because they aren’t directly affected.

Another component is the fact that it is easy to feel discouraged. We are doing so much damage to our planet that it often feels as though one person or one group of people could never make a difference. While it is true that it would be much harder to make any significant changes on a large scale with a small number of people, the harder we work to educate and spread awareness- the better odds we’ll have and doing our job.

Living Green is being Environmentally Aware

When you hear people say “Go Green!”, “I only buy organic” or even, “we are very eco-friendly”… those are people that acknowledge the small but powerful impact their choices have on our environment.

We often do (and will continue to) discuss simple ways to live green. There is so much hype around simple lifestyle changes, that I believe people think it is harder than it is. Remember that there large corporate powers that be who want you to feel like you could never make a difference.

Big companies have a lot at stake, after all. The more environmentally conscious we are the harder their jobs become. They don’t want to see large eco-friendly regulations to get in the way of their cheap and irresponsible manufacturing practices. Propaganda, misleading advertising, and denial are key tools to their world spinning round.

Those of us who are passionate about the environment are more than willing to offset their message and do so in a number of ways.

Raise Environmental Awareness With Us

You don’t need to be a large facility with tons of money to help spread the word of the environmentalist movement. We sure aren’t! You just need your beating heart and access to people you do and don’t know.

Whether you chose to write pieces online about the importance of conservation, preservation and environmental protection- or encourage your friends, family and coworkers to pay more attention to their use of electricity, water and creation of trash… Every little bit helps.

At Dalby Farm we have many programs designed to educate the youth of our community to respect nature. We give them sincere, positive experiences with nature at a young age so they will grow up wanting to take care of their environment. Just as we’ve carved out a specific target to focus our environmental efforts toward, you can do the same. Think about what is easiest to implement in the context of your life and go for it. The only way you could hurt the environmentalist movement is by not participating. Everybody can do something- just pick your place!

We are more than happy to help you get started, just reach out or sound off in the comments below. Stay tuned, we have a lot of educational material coming your way!