Bees

  What does it feel like to think like a bee?  “They are very much more respectful and busy with the environment then humans. They don’t spend a lot of time thinking about thinking like people do” say scientist Marla Spivak.   Bees are the most important pollinators of our vegetables, fruits, flowers and crops like alfalfa hay that feed our farm animals.  More than 1/3 of world production is dependent on bee pollination’s.  In parts of the world where there are no bees, or plant varieties that are not attracted to bees, people are hired to pollinate plants by hand. Tomato growers often pollinate by hand with a device called a tomato tickler.  The pollen within a tomato flower is held securely within the male part of the flower called the anther. To release this pollen is to vibrate it, bumble bees are the few in the world who can hold onto a flower and vibrate it. They vibrate the flower the pollen gathers all over the bee’s body and she takes it home for food. Tomato growers now put colonies inside their greenhouses to get more efficient pollination and better production of tomatoes.  Cucumbers, squash, melons and any vine vegetables all need bees. Even coffee you drink is dependent upon bees. Unfortunately they are in trouble. Seven years ago colonies began to collapse in the United State.  Bees actually have been in decline since WWII because of our farming practices. We stopped planting cover crops of clover and alfalfa. Clover and alfalfa are highly nutritious food plants for bees.  Also, we started using pesticides and herbicides to kill of weeds in our farming practices. Some of these weeds are flowering plants that bees needed for survival. We started planting larger mono culture crops of corn and soy beans. These farms that used to have bees are now food deserts. Researchers have discovered pollen that is brought home from the bees have pesticides in it.  It’s a big struggle keeping bee colony numbers up. Bee keepers all over the United States lose about 30% of their colonies. What can we do?  Plant flowers and keep them free of pesticides. When bees have accesses to good nutrition, we have accesses to good nutrition.

  What does it feel like to think like a bee?  “They are very much more respectful and busy with the environment then humans. They don’t spend a lot of time thinking about thinking like people do” say scientist Marla Spivak.   Bees are the most important pollinators of our vegetables, fruits, flowers and crops like alfalfa hay that feed our farm animals.  More than 1/3 of world production is dependent on bee pollination’sBumbleBee2.  In parts of the world where there are no bees, or plant varieties that are not attracted to bees, people are hired to pollinate plants by hand. Tomato growers often pollinate by hand with a device called a tomato tickler.  The pollen within a tomato flower is held securely within the male part of the flower called the anther. To release this pollen is to vibrate it, bumble bees are the few in the world who can hold onto a flower and vibrate it. They vibrate the flower the pollen gathers all over the bee’s body and she takes it home for food. Tomato growers now put colonies inside their greenhouses to get more efficient pollination and better production of tomatoes.  Cucumbers, squash, melons and any vine vegetables all need bees. Even coffee you drink is dependent upon bees. Unfortunately they are in trouble. Seven years ago colonies began to collapse in the United State.  Bees actually have been in decline since WWII because of our farming practices. We stopped planting cover crops of clover and alfalfa. Clover and alfalfa are highly nutritious food plants for bees.  Also, we started using pesticides and herbicides to kill of weeds in our farming practices. Some of these weeds are flowering plants that bees needed for survival. We started planting larger mono culture crops of corn and soy beans. These farms that used to have bees are now food deserts. Researchers have discovered pollen that is brought home from the bees have pesticides in it.  It’s a big struggle keeping bee colony numbers up. Bee keepers all over the United States lose about 30% of their colonies. What can we do?  Plant flowers and keep them free of pesticides. When bees have accesses to good nutrition, we have accesses to good nutrition.

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