Do you like your coffee? Without bees, we may be coffee-less soon...
What, No more Coffee?? What do you mean?More studies are finding causal links between pesticides and the decline in honeybees and other pollinators. What's the big deal? It just means we won't get stung by the pesky buggers, right? Wrong. Recently, University Heights Whole Foods Market store removed all produce that comes from plants dependent on pollinators in order to raise awareness of just how important these are to our dietary and nutritional needs. They pulled from shelves 237 of 453 products – 52 percent of the department's normally stocked products.
Over 40% of the bee colonies in the US have suffered what's known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) wherein bees either become disoriented--can’t find their way back to their hives and die away from home, or fly back poison-drunk and die at the foot of their queen. Many will argue about the cause of CCD, but--with the most logical and likely arguments point toward the increased usage of pesticides by Monsanto and other massive "food production" companies.
I don't know about you, but I like my coffee... and I'm rather fond of most, if not all, of the foods listed below. Let's raise awareness, let's be proactive, let's be mindful of our environment and take some personal responsibility to the planet we live upon.
Let's choose to live sustainably!
Products and foods affected by the loss of bees and other pollinators?
Coffee (Can you imagine a world without Coffee?)Apples
Black and Red Currants
Acerola – used in Vitamin C supplements
Chili peppers, red peppers, bell peppers, green peppers
Black Eyed Peas