Many people don’t know this, but the population of bees is slowly but steadily declining. In an effort to raise awareness to this fact, the University Heights Whole Foods Market store removed produce that can be obtained with the help of the ever-important pollinators. Although this was a temporary exercise, more than 50% of the normal products on display were removed, which included:
- Broccoli and Broccoli Rabe
- Bok Choy
- Onions, including green onions
- Lemons and limes
- Mustard Greens
- Summer Squash
Apart from the ones mentioned above, kale, cucumbers, celery, zucchini are also eliminated from the display.
As you can see, it is devastating if the bees go extinct. In fact, the practice found that many dairy products will also be removed. For instance, fruit-flavored yogurts will no longer be available. Additionally, if you are fond of chocolate, you will soon find that the chocolate in chocolate milk will be gone if the bees die. Bees are also responsible for the pollination of alfalfa and clover, which if not done, can reduce the availability of milk products up to 50%.
According to Eric Mader, the assistant pollinator director of Xerces Society, over 85% of the plant species on the planet are dependent on pollinators in order for them to produce products that people consume. Unfortunately, the bee numbers are declining. This is why the Xerces Society as well as other organizations works with numerous farmers, so that the bees can have a habitat where they can thrive.
As a responsible consumer, you should take time in helping bees live here on Earth. Simple things, such as the following, can help the pollinators live longer and continue to multiply:
1. When you buy organic foods as well as other products, you are supporting the bees to live in a place where there is nothing that can pose threats to them.
2. You may have pests at home, but you can solve this problem by avoiding pesticides that are toxic. You can get extra help from experts in your area to find the right solutions that will not harm the pollinators.
3. You can plant more fruits and vegetables in your garden, which can help the bees survive. Make sure that the plants are not toxic to the bees as well.
4. Plant flowers, too since they help the bees spread pollination.
5. You can also preserve brush piles, along with bare patches of soil. Doing this very simple thing can help native bees in building their nests.
Take time in helping the little buzzing pollinators, so you can continue enjoying several items in your favorite grocery store.