One of our fellow garden corps members is currently working on a bee project, and I wanted to take some time to learn more about them and their importance to the environment and society. I read an article from foodmatters.tv; you can find the link to the website below. According to the article, the population of honey bees is diminishing at a drastic rate. Over 10 million bee hives have been destroyed over the last six years by Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Although the cause of CCD is unclear, some sources say it has been linked to the use of agricultural pesticides and the growth of industrialized agriculture. Honey bees are massive contributors to US agriculture. California produces over 80% of the world’s almonds and uses 60% of the United States’ honey bee colonies. Honey bees are also used to harvest avocados, blueberries, pears, and plums. If you care about saving the honey bee population, here are a few things you can do. Sign a petition urging the EPA and USDA to ban neonicotinoids, a toxic pesticide believed to be a main contributor to CCD. Provide honey bees with nourishment by allowing dandelions to grown in your yard. Avoid commercial pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, which are harmful to people and many animal species. Finally, find a local bee keeper to purchase your honey from. They are usually more considerate about the health of their bees in addition to making a profit, unlike large honey corporations. Protecting honey bees is important based on principle alone, but it is also important to United States agriculture and food markets.