Happy Friday friends!
Fun fact Friday! Did you know Honey bees make up 80% of all pollinators?
Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that our environment needs to survive.
In line with honey bees, bumblebees are also very important pollinators! Without bumblebees we would not have many of the fruits, vegetables and wildflowers that we all love so much!
Almost every tomato in the world is pollinated by bumblebees as they need to be 'buzz pollinated'. In Australia, where there are no native bumblebees, tomatoes are all pollinated by hand, using something that looks like an electrical toothbrush which 'buzzes' them.
What is buzz pollination you ask?
Buzz pollination is a technique used by most bumble bees, to release pollen-which is more or less firmly held by the anthers (the part of the flower that holds the pollen). In order to release the pollen, bumblebees and some species of solitary bees are able to grab onto the flower and move their flight muscles rapidly, causing the flower and anthers to vibrate, dislodging pollen. This resonant vibration is called buzz pollination. The honeybee cannot perform buzz pollination..
During her recent degree project at Rhode Island School of Design, Rebecca Nolte created a rough short video expressing a call to action regarding the Bee the Change campaign. In her short film, she emphasized the crops that will cease to exist if the bee population continues to decline at what is currently a staggeringly rapid pace.
Save the bees & ask the CEO of Lowe's to stop selling plants pretreated with bee-killing pesticides.
Moving forward, we need to increase the buzz to secure strong commitments from Home Depot and send Lowe’s a strong message that they cannot continue to sell bee-killing pesticides.
Lets join forces and send a letter via our pals over at Friends of the Earth, asking the CEO of Lowe’s, Robert Niblock, to show bees some love and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.