According to the report Decline in Bee Population is Putting Global Food Industry at Risk,
on fortune.com, "Pollinators are critical to the global economy and human health," Zakri Abdul Hamid, chair of the 124-nation report, found that between $235 billion and $577 billion of world food output at market prices depended on pollinators.
have four years left to live.” -Albert Einstein
It was refreshing to see the actions that were being taken by individuals to reverse this problem. Goshen College in Indiana has created an event called "Pollinator and Dandelion Day" specifically focused on bringing attention to the cause. According to the article College's Special Food Event Focuses on Bees on food-management.com, this year marked Goshen's 5th annual bee-event and the campus is now recognized by the Bee City USA Organization, labeling them Bee Campus USA Certified. This organization endorses a set of commitments for creating sustainable habitats for the pollinator species that it sees as vital to feeding the planet. Goshen College is now the 27th US college to achieve Bee Campus USA certification.
Glenn Gilbert, the school’s sustainability and systems manager, along with Jeremy Corson, resident director and head chef for Goshen’s campus dining services, work to coordinate the event every year. This year they put together a unique dining menu including dandelion cookies, a pollinator salad, and an Asian stir-fry incorporating fried tempura-battered dandelion flowers. As students filed in to try the tasty treats, they were greeted with the dandelion dishes and educational materials about pollination and the role of bees and other pollinators in the ecosystem.
Corson, a beekeeper himself takes this issue very seriously and works hard to educate others about the issue. “It’s important to understand that a bee is not a threat but something that has a major role in our lives,” he says.
Lynne Schultz, president of Tri-State Marketing Associates, also works to be a part of the solution by repopulating the bee community. She keeps up several hives at her home in Ossining, NY. (Photo seen below) Her property, known as Harvest Moon Sanctuary is a safe haven for bees and other animals in need of a good home. If you are interested in visiting the hives and learning more about the bees, her doors are always open!
Bees are commonly referred to as the modern day canaries in the coalmine, meaning that danger could be near following their disappearance. This problem will not go away overnight and it will take a large organized effort to reverse it. The best way to bring our bees back is to educate others and join in on the movement to help!