There really is no substitute for honeybees. Whether it's the gazillion tonnes of pesticides we pollute our food, land and water with every year, an Israeli virus, extreme lack of diversity through our insane enslavement to monoculture, or genetically modified plants, the honey bees are dying at an alarming rate.
They are a vital part of the ecosystem which provides us with food, and everything else we really need for that matter. What can you do about it? Make your yard bee friendly for a start.
HoneyGal who teaches bee stewardship and contributes over at the Organic Consumers Association forum suggests:
"Plant a flowering herb garden. Bees use herbs medicinally and your plants can help make a difference. I suggest rosemary, sage, THYME (lots of it), marjoram, chives, basil, all the mints and other herbs with flowers. Bees will find them. To do more, plant native flowering bushes, too. In our area (WA) spirea and goldenrod are bee magnets. Try to have flowers in bloom through into fall.
Put out a big shallow dish of water with sticks or moss in it (so they don't fall in) and keep it moist. If you can get seaweed, bees are particularly fond of the minerals so I keep a little pile of seaweed in the "bee pond." All these small actions add up and make it a little easier on your local bees."
You can also support your local organic family farmer by buying his/her produce directly or in locally owned non chain shops.
Learn more about how to help the Honeybees survive to help us thrive.
Organic Consumers Association forum - http://organicconsumers.org/forum/index.php?sho...
Spikenard Farm Honey Bee Sanctuary- http://www.spikenardfarm.org/honeybees.shtml