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by December 31, 2013
Bees fertilize 30% of plant-derived foods we eat in the United States. Sadly, their populations are dying fast.
Several factors such as viral and bacterial infections, pesticide poisonings, human interference and mite infestations contribute to this problem -- known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). Since 2006, beekeepers have witnessed a 50% to 90% drop in bee populations.
There are simple steps that everyone can take in order to help maintain a healthy bee population. In order to protect the bee population, take the pledge to:
- Plant a bee garden and place bee-friendly plants in your yard to provide food and a safe home for honeybees.
- Avoid the use of household pesticides that bees are sensitive to (like wasp killer) by using alternative methods of insect control, like traps.
- Support local bee keepers by making an effort to purchase locally made, responsibly produced honey.
-Build a small bee house for my yard or community. (Take a 4 inch by 4 inch piece of wood and drill holes that are 3 and 1/2 inches deep).
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