photo credit: Jaroslaw Pocztarkski
If you haven’t heard about it yet, you will over the coming months: Bees are disappearing and the implications for our food supply are a whole lot scarier than you probably think.
Eat apples? check
Eat carrots? check
Broccoli? Tomatoes? Squash? Cherries? Almonds? What about oranges?
Each of these foods among countless more, require pollination by bees.
Truth be told, my knowledge about the role bees play in putting food on my table only extended as far as honey on my toast. I didn’t realize they played such a keystone role in so many other foods that both humans and livestock require. In economic terms, in Canada the value of honeybee pollination is estimated at $1.2 Billion a year.
So while we’re increasingly anxious about peak oil and climate change, it could be the demise of this tiny little creature that does us in.
Haagen-Dazs has created a site with further info, a wee bit lite in tone: www.helpthehoneybees.com.
What does all this have to do with money? Not much, directly, but everything indirectly if our food supply suffers a catastrophic breakdown. So if you’re able, #HelpHoneyBees !