Maryland honeybees are in trouble —and so is our food supply!
Today, we are still able to enjoy a wide variety of nourishing foods. Some beekeepers worry that at the rate of near 50% annual honeybee decline, in just five years we may no longer have any honeybees left. No bees means many fruits, vegetables and nuts may disappear from our food supply! One in three bites of food depend on pollinators. You can help insure our honeybees thrive by taking the following steps:
1. The best way to help our bees (and protect you and your family) is to stop using pesticides. These chemicals are a prime reason for their decline.
— Did you know that dandelions and clover are beloved bee foods? By letting them grow in your garden you are helping.
2. Plant a bee-friendly habitat. Attract bees to your safe space fro them. Bees love bee balm, borage, asters, lavender, thyme, mint, rosemary, honey suckle, poppies, sunflowers, marigolds, salvia, butterfly bush, clematis, echinacea, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, fennel, yellow hyssop, milkweed, goldenrod, and many more.
3. Buy organic. Organic farmers implement bee-friendly practices.
— We ‘vote’ with our wallets. Our food buying decisions can support healthy agricultural practices that protect honeybees as well as healthy working conditions and communities for farmworkers and farm families.
4. Buy local organic honey.
5. Share this webpage with your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to help us save Maryland’s honey bees and our food supply.