• Kim Bresseleers

May 20, 2020 World Bee Day

The main purpose of World Bee Day is to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for our survival. Beekeepers and nature conservationists would like to ask everybody to help improve the conditions for bees, thus improving conditions for the survival of people. No major steps are needed; what counts is each and every action that facilitates the existence of bees.

Why World Bee Day?

Bees and other pollinators are endangered and need to be protected. They are endangered because of:

  • Diseases

  • Lack of food due to intensive farming

  • Use of pesticides

  • New pests, which spread around the world more quickly due to globalization

  • Urbanization, which is shrinking our agricultural spaces

  • Climate change

Why are bees and other pollinators so important?

  • For a world without hunger: Every third spoonful of food depends on pollination, plus bee products are a rich source of indispensable nutrients.

  • For sustainable farming and jobs: Effective pollination increases the amount of agricultural produce, as well as the diversity of our fields and our plates, plus it provides jobs for millions of people and is an important source of income for farmers.

  • For preserving the environment: Pollinators ensure biodiversity and have positive effects on the entire ecosystem.

What you can do to contribute to the preservation of bees and other pollinators?

  1. Plant nectar-bearing flowers for decorative purposes on balconies, terraces, and gardens.

  2. Buy honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper.

  3. Raise awareness among children and adolescents on the importance of bees and express your support for beekeepers.

  4. Set up a pollinator farm on your balcony, terrace, or garden; you can either make it yourself or buy at any home furnishings store.

  5. Preserve old meadows – which feature a more diverse array of flowers – and sow nectar-bearing plants. Cut grass on meadows only after the nectar-bearing plants have finished blooming.

  6. Use pesticides that do not harm bees, and spray them in windless weather, either early in the morning or late at night, when bees withdraw from blossoms. Mulch blooming plants in orchards and vineyards before spraying them with pesticides so that they do not attract bees after being sprayed.

Based on information of World Bee Day - www.worldbeeday.org

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