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Why this matters: Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for one in every three bites of food you eat. Honeybees perform about 80% of all pollination, and a single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day, making them essential to farmers. But a deadly mix of pesticides, parasites, and climate change have put bee populations in crisis around the world.
The problem: Since the 1990s, beekeepers have noted a sharp and astonishing decline in bee populations. Industrial agriculture methods, parasites, and climate change are killing off bees in droves, and the widespread use of bee-harming pesticides are particular threats to honeybees and wild pollinators. Without them, feeding the world’s growing population will be nearly impossible. It’s time to ban these damaging pesticides and protect vital pollinators.
What you can do: Here’s how important bees are to our food system: 70 out of the top 100 human food crops, which supply about 90% of the world’s nutrition, are pollinated by bees.
Organic farms, like Cascadian Farm, grow crops without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. This helps improve the quality and fertility of the soil, reduces the environmental impact of agriculture, and avoids the potential harm to pollinators that chemicals pose. You can make your own garden safe for bees by avoiding pesticides and purchasing organic seedlings and seeds. (Avoid garden plants pre-treated with harmful pesticides.)