Some people may not care to emphasize how important preserving the bee population is…until one day we have no choice but to rely on artificially created bees to pollinate plants. Nothing man makes can work as hard or be as nutritious like a honeybee or solitary bee, but scientists are trying to come up with an alternative if the worst case scenario happens. Recently at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, there has been researchers who are creating drones that can possibly polinate flowers. Instead of focusing on creating insect drones, perhaps it is better to invest in helping the bee population grow and let them thrive without pesticides that harm them.
Education/knowledge on the issue is a great key for all of us. This process affects all of us, so why not learn and genuinely care about it more? Most of our healthy foods are pollinated by bees when they move from plant to plant for nectar. Pollen gets all over their bodies, and with cross pollination the bees are a vital necessity for plants’ seed making process. The Honey Bee species then takes the sweet nectar back to their beehives/colony, while solitary bees do not live in colonies, and they just travel from flower to flower collecting pollen. The bees work hard, and for Honeybees in particular, the honey they create gives them energy and other health benefits that are important for us as well. If more bees continue to consume neonicotinoids (pesticides) that cover many plants and the nectar, then precious bees will die off until they are officially an extinct species. If these solitary and honeybees go extinct, then we can say goodbye to healthy foods like apples, mangoes, peaches, plums, berries, watermelon, peppers, green beans, cabbage, broccoli, avocados, coconut, and the list goes on and on. Artificially created pollinators will not provide us with the same nutrients that bees do. So instead of researching ways to live on without the Bee, it is better to focus on how we can grow and responsibly take care of the populations. Banning neonicotinoids is crucial, and how interesting it is that some of the deadly pesticides that are allowed in America is banned in a lot of other countries. Although magazines like Time has created issues focusing on the dying bee population, our media in America does not continuously focus on these types of issues in an in-depth matter. Yet, if our little blessings like bees’ are taken away from us…everyone will be forced to pay attention. However, it will be too late. Right now, in the present, it is not. Let’s not forget that the resources from nature we continuously use & exhaust are vital to our survival, but nature does not need us to survive or thrive. Preserving and growing the Bee population is not just a eco-conscious concern to occasionally reflect on, but it is a matter that correlates with our own survival and existence.
****For more information and great ways to help & learn more about the importance of Bees ,Bee Native.org, The Honey Bee Conservancy, & The Bee Cause Project are wonderful resources****
Albert Einstein once said, “If the Bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” If we take a look at all of the uses we rely on bee colonies for, then this statement could be true. Monsanto is a pesticide that is killing off bees, and these little insects are responsible for so much more than some people care to ponder on. For one, bees are responsible for pollinating 70 of the top 100 crop species, and these foods feed 90 percent of mankind. Without bees, most of the foods we eat would eventually disappear. Humans cannot replace or make up for the work that bees do, which also keeps other lifestock alive as well. If bees continue to be killed off by deadly pesticides, then so will most of the fruit, veggies, grains, and other nutrition we need to live. We tend to take Bees for granted, not realizing that these little tireless workers are blessings that are vital to our lives. The solution is actually simple: ban all deadly pesticides. If pesticides like Monsanto does this to bees, just imagine what they are doing to us. Some may even argue that all pesticides should be banned from our plants, including the so called “harmless” ones. All in all, hopefully it doesn’t take Bees to go extinct for people to finally understand just how valuable they are to mankind.
In each of our lifetimes, we will all have to visit a doctor and/or hospital for something. Generally speaking, we are supposed to trust doctors, but as we all know….there are major flaws in the U.S Healthcare system. There are alot of things to point out, but in this post I am referring to something that is morally and ethically wrong in my opinion….pharmaceutical companies compensating doctors/hospitals for each patient they get to use their drugs. Alot of times, these drugs and treatments are not even really needed and the side effects are detrimental to the person. I applaud doctors like Dr.Oz for refusing to back and push drugs that they know may cause more harm than good. In a perfect society, each doctor will actually care for the patient’s health, but we live in a society where the truth is disgusting. Many health care professionals may not suggest the best health options for patients. It doesn’t matter what economic class we’re in, a doctor in Beverly Hills or Compton could still both offer their patients a diet pill drug or suggest something that may not be right for you. How do we stop this now? Well, before our health care system has the makeover it needs, we must do our own research and not be guiliable to just anything a doctor tells us. If you are actually blessed to have a wonderful doctor who you can fully trust, then congratulations because that is wonderful. However, I encourage everyone to not only make sure they take care of themselves and eat to live, but also be mindful of what a doctor may tell you. I don’t distrust all doctors, but I do believe we need more who can’t be bought by pharmaceutical companies with shady intentions. Doctors who truly care and would recommend something they would actually do or take themselves. There are people who were told by doctors that only the options they give them will save their life, but instead of just going with the flow, they found other alternatives that actually helped them in the long run. No, I am not about to preach about choosing holistic methods/treatments because that is all a matter of one’s personal choice. However, I do believe that we all should be cautious and careful because our health care system and it’s history has given us enough reasons to not just accept or take whatever is recommended or considered the best choice.