in | 22 Feb 2018

We Would Not Exist Without Them: Why and How We Need to Save the Bees

 

Why do we need bees?

If bees wouldn't exist, the Juicery wouldn't exist the way we do now. Be(e)lieve it or not, we have the bees to thank for a huge part of what appears in our kitchen. And in yours too for that matter. They effect your morning coffee, the apples in your juice, the almonds you have for a snack, strawberries you have for dessert. Bees help fertilize flowers by transferring pollen, and actually cover 80% of all pollination worldwide. Not all plants rely on animal pollinators, but fruits, nuts and vegetables do, which makes bees responsible for 70 out of the top 100 human food crops that supply 90% of the worlds nutrition. And 100% of the ingredients our products are made from. How busy must they be(e)! (Sorry).

 

How can we help the hungry, sick or homeless little bee? 

We don't hear about it on the daily news that much, but that doesn't mean all bees are doing great. It's tough out there for the honeybee. We still lose thousands of colonies per year. Blood-sucking paracites are a huge threat, but also the toxic cocktail of pesticides, air pollution and global warming we serve them. Because yes, the latter is on us. Here's what you can do to counteract a little and help bees survive. 

 

 

 

1. Don't panic, go organic.

According to Greenpeace, to reverse the world bee decline, we need to fix our dysfunctional and destructive agricultural system. "Ecological farming is the overarching new policy trend that will stabilize human food production, preserve wild habitats, and protect the bees". You can start with supporting your organic supermarket and stores.

Get more info from Greenpeace here (english) or here (dutch).

 

2. Avoid toxins in and around the house. 

A lot of chemicals we use in our household for very different purposes than killing bees, kill bees. Be mindful of what you clean your house and yourself with.

We at the juicery use the ecological brand Ecover.  Find more info on how we work on our sustainability here

 

3. Grow your own.

We are firm believers of the power of local food, and there's nothing more local than your own garden. You are in charge of how you grow which plants, and can do so in a sustainable way. You can even provide them with shelter through a nesting box - they don't need a lot of space! Bees will be very happy with a few blooming, nectar rich flowers and plants to live off too.