The Buzz on Bees

With the growing use of pesticides and insecticides there has been a lot of concern on the state of honey bees...and there should be as honey bees contribute to 1/4 of the pollination needed for fruit production. When you really think about it, these little guys are our lifeline when it comes to pollinating fruits and vegetables! They are the only insect that produces food for human consumption (unless you're into eating crickets)...that's right, HONEY! So why are we using not working harder to preserve their health?! The decline of honey bees is a real epidemic as it directly effects the world food supply. Mother Nature should be the producer of our food, not Monsanto.

The state of our health and the food we eat, go hand in hand. Wholesome eating is so important to Will and I, as advocates for living a healthy lifestyle. Eating organically is important for the state of agriculture, yourself and the bees! Bees are dying in rapid numbers due to parasites and disease, largely because of the use of insecticides. If it is toxic to them, and it is in our food, one has to think: is this toxic to me as well? Of course!

Here's a little video about an educational program put together by Pollinator, Seattle Bee Works and Whole Foods in Seattle:

Just as it is important for you to know these things, it is equally important for children to know the importance of healthy eating and where their food comes from. The only food education I had when growing up was the FDA's approved "nutritional" pyramid. Outside of learning that, I had no other education on healthy eating and growing produce. Most of my knowledge of organic and healthy eating I learned as an adult from working in fine dining and from chefs that value those same ideals. Educating children on healthy eating and food supply will directly effect a child's interest in eating and living a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that children are more likely to eat healthy, and share these habits with parents, if they know where their food comes from or are directly involved in the growing process.

Whole Foods in partnership with Pollinator and Sunnyside Environmental School have put together a really great educational event to do just this. I was invited to participate last week, however I was unable to attend because of work conflicts. A local bee keeper came in and taught children about bees and their colonies as well as the effects bees have on our food supply. The kids participated in planting seed bombs of bee friendly plants in gardens and their neighborhood to make these areas more pollinating friendly.

Here are some photos provided to me from the event:

Here are a few ways that you can help and become involved with living a healthier lifestyle:

Eat locally produced, organic fruits, vegetables and grains.

Eat locally produced honey.

Sign one of the many petitions against the use of pesticides and insecticides.

Plant bee friendly plants in your yard.

Become involved in educational programs about bees, farming or healthy eating (the more you know, the more the kids know).

If you're adventurous, you can care for your own colony.

For more information on bees and how to help the cause visit Pollinator Partnership . Also, if you are interested in Whole Foods values and community education visit or check-in with your local Whole Foods wellness department.