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    Bee Celebratory: Observe National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, August 16th 2014

    National Honey Bee Day was launched in 2009 by grassroots-minded beekeepers with a goal of building community awareness of the bee industry, through education and promotion.

    Bee Aware

    Since its inception the bee industry has experienced widespread bee population deaths that are occurring at an alarming rate. There are 4 major factors contributing to the demise of our bees.

    • Mono-cropping – farmer plants single corps
    • Climate Change
    • Habitat Loss and
    • Pesticides & Herbicides

    While each of these contributing factors is important, the overuse and improper use of pesticides and herbicides is the one area that everyone can become involved in with regard to implementing change. Individual citizens can’t do much about farmers choosing to plant single crops, getting certain members of congress to embrace the reality of climate change or preventing habitat loss that will have immediate benefits. All of things are important and still need to be addressed but legislative processes move far too slowly.

    Bee Involved… Bee Educated

    When it comes to the overuse and abuse of pesticides and herbicides everyone can take immediate steps to effect change!

    • Start by attending a local Save the Bees Event near you. They are taking place worldwide on Saturday, August 16th 2014. If you live in the Reno, Nevada area attend our Save The Bees Reno Event in Idlewild Park.
    • Learn what pesticides and herbicides are harmful to bees and other pollinators… then STOP USING THEM!
    • Educate yourself about bee-safe alternatives by Googling the term: Bee Safe Pesticides
    • Encourage your local garden store to cease and desist from selling harmful pesticides such as the ones produced by Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta.
    • If you can’t get your local retailer to stop selling these products, then ask them to clearly advertise which products are harmful to bees and other pollinators so consumers can make informed buying decisions.
    • Plant trees, shrubs and flowers that attract pollinators.
    • Make sure that the plants you purchase have NOT been treated with harmful neonicotinoids (aka neonics) and other harmful chemicals. These chemicals kill bees and are being banned in many farming communities across the world.
    • If you plant seeds, be sure to only plant organic seeds. Non-organic seeds can produce plants and crops that are harmful to bees.
    • Petition you local governments to ban the use of neonics in public parks and city properties.
    • Petition your local homeowner’s association to ban the use of neonics by landscaping companies and local residents.
    • Adopt a Bee and Plant an Organic Seed!

    This is a small sampling of what individual persons can do to help Save Our Bees!

    Bee Aware. Bee Educated. Bee involved.
    When there are NO Bees… Humanity Will Cease to BE!!!

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