The death of honey bees worldwide is causing immense concern simply because one-third of the food group we eat is due to the activity of bees which is pollination. Einstein once said that "Mankind has only four years left if all the bees die".
Crop spraying (pesticides) appear to be only one factor. A drastic recent reduction in the number of honeybees in the US could constitute a major threat to our food supply. While the honeybee population has been steadily diminishing in the last fifty years, the extensive losses in 2006 have caused some scientists to label this the first bee epidemic in US history.
Just how important are honeybees to the human diet? Typically, according to the US Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80% of our flowering crops which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. Their loss could effect not only dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, but may threaten our beef and dairy industries if alfalfa is not available for feed.
Even though the revelation is truly shocking, many are still not aware about the importance of bees. To them, bees are just bugs that need a sturdy fly swatter or they’re just honey makers.
My idea is to make an animated film of bees and use it to present the bees’ case. It needs to have a central character named "Benny" and “Penny Bee”. The main idea is to get the children all over the world involved. They may have more problems to solve in the future but they are more open and willing to change and be active in helping the environment than most adults do.
Since the idea is already out in the open, the next step is to find interested beekeepers that have children to support the idea. For more information about the bees, go to www.britishbee.org.uk.
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