Today the kids and I were really excited to go to Whole Foods ( more so then usual) and attend the Plight Of The Bees family scavenger hunt. They are wanting to make sure everyone grows to appreciate the importance of bee production when it comes to the food we eat and the products we use.
Once you arrive each of us received a small clue card for us to view the clue and solve them. Once we solved the clue on the first card it led us to the next clue as well as some interesting facts about the bees and how they influenced the product. We would then need to take a picture of the answer and return it so that we could get another clue card.
I knew bees were awesome but I had no idea just how many foods and products that I am my family use almost on an everyday basis. From onions to almonds they aid in the production of many crops and they also are vital to the feed that beef and dairy cows eat.
In late 2006, North American beekeepers began to report mysterious losses of entire colonies. This phenomenon, known as “Colony Collapse Disorder,” focused international attention on honey bee decline. Since then, managed honey bee colonies have continued to die off at an average rate of 29.6% each year.
What Can We Do?
Scientists and beekeepers theorize that the honey bee decline may be caused by a combination of factors, including parasites, loss of habitat and increased exposure to pesticides, including systemic insecticides. Although the problem is complex, there are a few simple steps we can take to help keep pollinators (and secure the future of food):
Mix it up. Plant native flowers with different shapes, colors and bloom times. Blooming herbs, fruits and vegetable are good choices too!
Dare to go bare. Preserve some brush piles and bare patches of soil to help native bees dig nests.
Don’t spray it. Pesticides can impact bees’ learning and foraging skills. If you can, skip pesticides altogether
You can view even more tips and information on wholefoodsmarket.com/sharethebuzz.
Disclusure: This is a sponsored post by Whole Foods. All opinons are 100% my own.