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Bees are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat, including apples, asparagus, avocados, blueberries, broccoli, celery, cherries, citrus crops, cranberries, cucumber, kiwis and melons …  just to name a few. What’s more? An estimated 80 percent of food in grocery stores is made possible thanks to our hardworking friends. Bees might be small, but they certainly play a very large role in our global food system.

Yet for the past fifteen years, bees have been disappearing at an alarming rate, mostly due to the use of neonicotinoid pesticides which are now in widespread use around the globe. The U.S. bee population has declined steadily by 30 percent each year for the past decade alone. While there have been many theories surrounding why bee populations are dropping, pesticides, specifically neonicotinoids, have been identified as the major culprit.

Neonicotinoid pesticides, the most commonly used pesticides, are so effective because they target insect’s nervous systems. Unfortunately, they harm bees just as readily as they do “pests” that hinder crop yields. It is widely believed that these chemicals are responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder, or mass bee deaths. Not only do they cause death, but a slew of other damaging affects; for example, bees often lose their ability to discern their surroundings and experience memory loss.

To put into context how our pesticide use impacts these tiny insects, consider this: the average honeybee is 0.4 to 0.6 inches long, and yet according to a recent study from the Journal of Chromatography A found that the typical bee has 57 different pesticides in their systems! That’s 57 reasons why we need to act now.

If it hasn’t become clear already, we ought to start paying attention to how we’re treating these industrious insects, lest we lose them – and our food supply – forever.

What are these consumer choices, you might ask? Well, it begins with choosing organic. By choosing organic, we’re sending a message to farmers and agricultural companies that we will not stand for pesticide-laden produce. Not only for our health but also for the health of the ever-vital, ever-declining bee population.

But consumers aren’t the only ones who need to make a change. It’s up to the farming systems to evolve to make sure that we don’t witness the destruction of the entire bee population within our lifetime.

Aside from choosing organic produce, check out these articles to learn how you can save the bees today!

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11 comments on “57 Reasons Why Organic is the Way to go for the Bees”

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Christa Veldhuis
4 Months Ago

Julio Aziz


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Andrea Dean
4 Months Ago

Judy Strachan Dean


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Andrea Dean
4 Months Ago

Josie Dean


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Fiore Arciuolo
4 Months Ago

If you cared about the bees, you wouldn't let people post recipes with honey on your website.


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Bonita Bedard
4 Months Ago

This is an important reason to eat organic. And lets all remember, we are all just bigger versions of these tiny creatures.


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Sinwei Lim
29 Mar 2016

yea, we are all the same, we are no higher class than them juz because we have so call greater brain. every living thing is smart in their own way. but some people think that any living thing that doesn't match their thoughts are stupid, which made me sad. every living thing is smart and intelligent :)

Sjoukje Verbogt-Gerritsen
4 Months Ago

Kees Verbogt


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Sjoukje Verbogt-Gerritsen
4 Months Ago

Kees Verbogt


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Michelle Betbadal
4 Months Ago

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Courtney Thompson
4 Months Ago

Bees are cute as fuck. I love them so much I named my cat Bumblebee. Love me some bees.


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Ro Matthews
28 Mar 2016

Aww, that's such a cute name (and a very cute kittie) :)



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