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Honey Bees


Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate.  Honey bees use nectar and pollen from plants to produce honey. Honey is one of only a few types of food that never spoils, and the consumption of honey by Americans is around 280 million pounds per year.  According to the U.S. Department of AgricultureHoney bees pollinate over $20 billion worth of crops per year.  In addition there are many other plants that rely on bees for pollination.  In addition to losing our food supply, without bees, we would lose other plants and the animals that feed on those plants and so on, all the way up the food chain.

A toxin in bee venom is being researched and may prevent HIV.  Bee stings may also treat the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation.  Bees use resin from certain trees, called propolis, as a glue to reinforce their hives.  That resin can be used to fight bacteria, viruses and fungi and may relieve herpes, canker sores, cold sores, sore throat and cavities.

To reinforce their hives, bees use a resin from poplar and evergreen trees called propolis. It’s basically beehive glue. Although bees use it as caulk, humans use it to fight off bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Research shows that propolis taken from a beehive may relieve cold sores, canker sores, herpes, sore throat, cavities, and even eczema.

Without bees, many species will die and we may see the end of most of the crops that feed the majority of the world.  You may think there is nothing you can do.  Make a phone call and/or send a letter to your State and Federal Representatives urging them to enact legislation to protect bees.  

There are other things that you can do personally.  You can provide the bees with forage by filling your garden with flowering herbs and plants that bees like.  Don't use chemicals and pesticides on your garden or lawn.  It's easy enough to find out what kind of plants bees like by searching the internet. Many plants that we consider weeds are some of the most important food sources for bees.  Leave weeds alone if you can.  Once bees begin arriving at your garden, put out a bowl or tub of water for them. Buy raw honey from a local beekeeper who uses natural, sustainable methods for their bees to produce honey.  Finally, let your friends and family know how easy it could be for them to help save the bees.


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