Meridian Hive depends on bees, so do you. Bee Conscious.™
Here at The Hive, we are passionate about Bees! We understand that without them, we would not exist, there would be no mead. So supporting bee health is our priority.
We started the ‘Bee Conscious ™’ campaign to share that passion and spread the word…We depend on bees, so do you!
Why Bee Conscious?
Bees are at the heart of our survival. One in three bites of food we eat depends entirely on bees – and they are dying out.
We have all heard of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen. While such disappearances have occurred sporadically throughout the history of apiculture, and were known by various other names the syndrome was renamed CCD in late 2006 in conjunction with a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of western honey bee colonies in North America.
CCD causes significant economic losses because many agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by western honey bees. In 2010, the USDA reported that data on overall honey bee losses for 2010 indicated an estimated 34% loss.
Life without bees, why should we care? There are over 4,000 species of wild bees in North America, most of those bees are pollinators, which means they help plants to reproduce. So without bees, no new plants are created! These new plants are the fruits and the veggies we eat every day. From apples to strawberries, from coffee to chocolate, from almonds to tomatoes, all those plants need pollinators, bees. It is estimated that 30% of the world crops (and 90% of the wild plants!) need an insect like a bee to thrive. Without them, crops would die and the world will starve.
What can we do?
There are a variety of ways we can all ‘Bee Conscious’ and they aren’t that difficult to do.
Do not use any pesticides, fungicides or herbicides on plants or in your garden. Plants get contaminated and the product will likely reach the bees and kill them. Make sure the plants you buy are not pre-treated with Neonics pesticides!
Plant your garden with native and bee friendly plants. They provide great sources of nectar and pollen (both food for the bees and butterflies). It’s important for bees, as it is for us, to have a diverse and regular food supply.
Do not weed your garden. Many plants like dandelion, for example, are an excellent source of food for bees. In early spring, those “weeds” are often the only source of food for beneficial insects. Lots of those weeds are often excellent food and medicine for us too!
Meridian Hive is active in the Bee community and supports a number of other bee loving businesses