Despite the bad reputation bees often get for their stingers, they truly are friends to humans and are the unsung heroes of agriculture. It is estimated that honey bees pollinate 80 percent of crops worldwide. One colony of bees can pollinate up to 300 million flowers in a day!
Of the top 100 crops grown for human consumption, seventy are pollinated by bees. Mornings would not be the same without them, as they are responsible for pollinating our coffee plants. Desserts would be different too, as bees pollinate cacao plants, the base of chocolate. Bees also deserve a thank you for pollinating our blueberries, almonds, squash, and most of our other favorite fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
It is safe to say, without bees, the world and life as we know it would be very different. This is why bees need our help. In the past decade, there has been a rapid decline in bee populations. Just last year, the United States suffered the loss of 44 percent of its bees. Additionally, two species of bee have been classified as endangered for the first time – gaining them a potential slot on the Endangered Species List. This significant degree of loss calls for immediate action from each and every one of us on the planet.
The rapid decline in bee populations is largely credited to two main factors: habitat loss and pesticides. With industrial expansion and human population increasingly on the rise, bees are losing their natural habitats and the plants and flowers they survive off of. Sadly, the use of pesticides by many big agricultural companies is also killing off our precious pollinators.
Hope is not lost for the bees, however. Much can be done by individuals like you to help save our bees. Cheerios has started a mission to save the bees, and they invite all to participate. Partnering with Veseys seed company, Cheerios has vowed to given away over 100 million wildflower seeds to be planted by concerned bee friends all across the country! With an increase in habitat and food supply, bees will hopefully have the boost they need to make a comeback.
Cheerios still has many more seeds to give away to those why want to help save the bees. To request your free wildflower seed packet with tips on growing, please visit the Cheerios website and fill out the request form.
Helping bees doesn’t end with planting seeds, however, click here to learn more!
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