Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives Yard Signs
Sign the pledge above, and purchase a yard sign for $10 to show your support. To donate more than $10, please click the donate button below and enter the amount you wish to contribute.
Signs are available for pick up/purchase at the Beez Kneez Honey House every Saturday from 3-8pm. Shipping and handling in MN, WI, or IA is an additional $10 and $14 for any other state.
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Honeybees and other pollinators are in deep trouble. Colonies are dying at an unprecedented rate, a problem known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Last winter, beekeepers nationwide reported bee losses over 30 percent and as high as 70 percent.
Pesticides are one of the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder. Pesticide exposure can disrupt bees’ reproduction, mobility, navigation, feeding, foraging, memory, learning, and overall hive activity. These same pesticides also harm wild pollinators like butterflies, bumblebees, and other beneficial insects.
This is a problem right here in our community. Last fall, three hives lost thousands of bees to what appears to be a legal pesticide application in southwest Minneapolis.
Bees are also suffering from a lack of flowers that bloom over the full growing seasons. Bees need a variety of flowers to satisfy all their nutritional requirements and to make honey. And these flowers need to be pesticide-free.
We are dependent on honeybees for one out of every three bites of food we eat.
Pollinators and other beneficial insects are sensitive to pesticides and other environmental toxins. The health of pollinators
reflects the health of our environment. If pollinators can’t survive, that sends a troubling
message about the future health of birds, animals, and people.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Other communities, both in Europe and the
United States, have taken a stand for pollinators and against harmful
pesticides. We can make our city an oasis for pollinators by taking four actions: