We found a recent Smithsonian.com article that describes one country’s plan to support bee populations that are increasingly dying off from exposure to toxic pesticides and decreasing habitat. In this story, another current article is quoted as saying America’s recent research data indicates that in the last year, ending in April 2015, bee populations declined by as much as 40%. Yet bees are responsible for over a third of our food supply as the necessary pollinators in the chain of events from flower to fruit.
We all could think about how we, as consumers, can have positive influence in this increasing threat to our food supply. Buy organic ingredients where possible and include bee-attracting plants in your garden are two of the most obvious. A USDA website explains the situation from many angles for those who want more in-depth information about causes and the impact to the food system we know today.