Spreading Organic Awareness for National Honeybee Day – 18th August 2018
18th August 2018 is a very special day. Why? Because it’s the US National Honeybee Day! An incredibly important celebration, designed to spread awareness of the importance of these amazing bees, who aren’t just a beautiful addition to the world, but a planet-saving one.
Did you know that Honeybees are responsible for a huge 1/3 of the food we eat? To put that into perspective, that’s one in every three mouthfuls. Now think about the fact that these bees, so essential to our lives, are in rapid decline – and you see we have a BIG problem on our hands.
As well as a whopping impact on our food sources, which could potentially leave the world hungry in years to come, the financial blow in the agricultural industry is also great. 100% of almond farming is reliant on Honeybees, with almond trees requiring bee pollination to survive. Apples, avocados, apples and cherries are also heavily reliant on the Honeybee’s pollination skills as well as many other staples in the kitchen, including broccoli, carrots, pears and onions, to name but a few.
With the loss of the honeybee comes the loss of many foods, and as a result the loss of many jobs. With 1 in 12 jobs in America directly related the agriculture industry, the marvellous Honeybee actually contributes well over a massive $16 billion dollars a year to the economy, helping to employ hundreds of thousands of people in the USA.
So why is this happening? Well, theoretically, many reasons the most pressing of all being the widespread use of pesticides – something that, as an organic brand, we are completely and utterly against.
Highly toxic neonicotinoid pesticides are commonly found in agricultural areas and this causes great harm to our own health and that of all wildlife, including bees. But it’s not just crops and farmland that is contaminated through pesticide and insecticide use.
Neonicotinoids dissolve in water and make their way into waterways via agricultural runoff. As a result, flowers miles away from a farm are affected by these chemicals, which seep into the stems, leaves, pollen and nectar poisoning the natural world around us and killing many innocent bees.
Support Organic Farming to Support the Bees
When you buy organic, whether that’s haircare like ours, food or even clothes, you are supporting a world which does not support pesticide use. In effect, you are helping to save the bees and in turn, our beautiful planet!
Aside from buying organic, there are some other things you can do to help protect our precious bees.
- If you have the space, consider bee-keeping! A wonderfully relaxing and rewarding pastime which is educational, eco-friendly and of course comes with the rewards of your own delicious honey, should you wish to eat it. It doesn’t take up much time or money or require much looking after during winter months.
Through bee-keeping, you will not only be able to grow a new, all-important colony and protect it, but you’ll also be helping to create new, wild colonies. When space runs out in one hive, the queen and half the workers will leave to start a new one.
- Never use chemicals in the garden. Weeds and pests can be a nuisance if you’re a keen gardener, but don’t resort to the use of pesticides. Instead, why not use essential oil blends and enjoy an aromatherapy fix while you’re at it?
Natural Pesticides include:
Simply choose the essential oils that suit your needs and add around 15 drops in total into a spray bottle filled with 150ml of water. Shake to mix and then spray directly onto the soil of your plant beds.