by Sabine Rhyne
It all started with Bee’s Wrap, our featured producer’s innovative product that enables one to reduce the use of plastic in the household. And then, we started thinking that it was high time to remind ourselves about the crisis of pollination decline, due mostly to the bee colony collapse that many have heard about, but also with the recent announcement of three varieties of bumblebees being listed as endangered in Vermont, due to a similar parasitic attack. It seems obvious that we should be paying very close attention to this problem.
Pollinators are likely the most critical link between us and our food, top of the food chain notwithstanding. Estimates are that one in every three bites of food is a result of some pollinator’s work, according to our friends at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. If you are well versed in this issue, thank you for making the choices that you do to support our current food model. If you aren’t, take advantage of some of the classes, events, and displays happening this month to raise our collective awareness. Organic food does not contain neonicotinoids, one of the suspected causes of the weakness that allows the parasites to affect the pollinators so deeply. Think about making organic choices wherever possible. Support your local bee population by planting lots of attractants in your yard, or looking into beekeeping. Try to make sure that the plants that you buy for your yard do not contain neonicotinoids. Long live bees!