Like I Need Another Reason To Love Haagen-Dazs

Did you know there is a major issue with honey bees right now?

Honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate, whole hives are just disappearing.

Over the last three years more than one in three honey bee colonies has died nationwide, posing a serious risk to our natural food supply.
One cause of these losses is an alarming phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder, or “CCD.” When a hive experiences CCD, the honey bees mysteriously desert their hive and die. CCD symptoms have been reported by more than thirty-five states across the U.S. and in many other countries.
Researchers do not know exactly what causes CCD, but they believe there may be many factors contributing to the problem, including viruses, mites, chemical exposure and poor nutrition.

[Source]

 

Why does this matter? How does this affect you and me?

Did you know that honey bees play a vital role in the pollination of thousands of crops? Without bees, we will lose one third of our food supply.

One out of every three bites of food an average American eats is directly attributed to honey bee pollination.
Honey bees are responsible for the pollination of more than 100 crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and provide 80 percent of the country’s pollination services.
The honey bee is responsible for $15 billion in U.S. agricultural crops each year

[Source]

Okay – so now you know what the issue is, what are you supposed to do about it?

Plant a Bee-Friendly Garden.

Did you know that saving a bee is as simple as planting a seed? It’s true. By planting your very own bee-friendly garden, you can keep our little friends buzzing and pollinating 

Donate to support research.

One of the keys to saving the honey bees is finding a solution to Colony Collapse Disorder. Pennsylvania State University and University of California at Davis have two of the world´s leading honey bee research facilities. Since 2008, the Häagen-Dazs brand has donated a total of $620,000 to both universities. Join Häagen-Dazs® ice cream in supporting their research through direct donations.

Support beekeepers.

No one is more affected by the honey bee crisis than local beekeepers. Many have lost entire hives to CCD, and their knowledge is a valuable resource for understanding the challenge we face. Here are some ways to support these bee guardians. 

– Buy local honey and hive products such as beeswax candles. 

– Use natural honey as an alternative to processed sugar at home and in restaurants. 
   It’s the “greenest” form of sugar!

Beekeepers also “rent” their bees to famers to pollinate their crops – so by supporting bee keepers, you are also helping farmers maintain their crops and allow them to continue providing us with produce.
Also, because chemicals are one of the suspected causes of colony collapse disorder – you can help promote organic farming by supporting local organic farmers in your area.
You can click on any of the above “Source” links to go to a website with much more information about this issue.
Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Like I Need Another Reason To Love Haagen-Dazs

    • Thanks! Yes – it is something very close to my hubby’s heart (he dreams of becoming a bee keeper). I have such a new found respect for bees — totally cured me of my fear of them (I’ve never been stung). They’re rather remarkable! That site also has loads of fun facts about them and how they do little dances to communicate! 🙂

Comments brighten my day...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: