Save the Bees
Bees pollinate a third of our food supply but colonies have been disappearing at alarming rates in many parts of the world due to the accumulated effects of parasitic mites, viral and bacterial diseases, mono-cultures and exposure to pesticides and herbicides.
How you can help?
Plant bee-friendly flowers
Don't use toxic pesticides and other poisons on food crops, and support farmers who do the same by buying organic
That's it! Easy as that :)
"So maybe it seems like a really small countermeasure to a big, huge problem -- just go plant flowers -- but when bees have access to good nutrition, we have access to good nutrition through their pollination services. And when bees have access to good nutrition, they're better able to engage their own natural defenses, their healthcare, that they have relied on for millions of years. So the beauty of helping bees this way, for me, is that every one of us needs to behave a little bit more like a bee society, an insect society, where each of our individual actions can contribute to a grand solution, an emergent property, that's much greater than the mere sum of our individual actions. So let the small act of planting flowers and keeping them free of pesticides be the driver of large-scale change." ~ Marla Spivak
Learn more by watching this 15 min TED talk by Marla Spivak, who researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect. She is the professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota, and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow.
Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee
By ROBERT KRULWICH, NPR
We'll start in a cornfield — we'll call it an Iowa cornfield in late summer — on a beautiful day. The corn is high. The air is shimmering. There's just one thing missing — and it's a big thing...
...a very big thing, but I won't tell you what, not yet.
Instead, let's take a detour. We'll be back to the cornfield in a minute, but just to make things interesting, I'm going to leap halfway around the world to a public park near Cape Town, South Africa, where you will notice a cube, a metal cube, lying there in the grass.
That cube was put there by David Liittschwager, a portrait photographer, who spent a few years traveling the world, dropping one-cubic-foot metal frames into gardens, streams, parks, forests, oceans, and then photographing whatever, or whoever came through. Beetles, crickets, fish, spiders, worms, birds — anything big enough to be seen by the naked eye he tried to capture and photograph. Here's what he found after 24 hours in his Cape Town cube: ... read more at NPR here.