The Disappearing Honeybee [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Disappearing Honeybee [INFOGRAPHIC]

Honeybees are mysteriously disappearing, literally, right out of their hives. But who cares right?

Well, I do. Not only do bees keep us connected to the natural world, but they are fundamental to our food security and economy.

A world without bees would be a world without beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots, and hundreds of other pollination-depended vegetables, oilseeds and fruits. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up a third of the food on our plates.

Now feast your eyes on this infographic by Montreal’s FFunction. It documents the rapid decline of honeybees since 2006 and why this little buzzing insect is so vital our farms, economy, and lives.

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If you need more convincing, watch the film Vanishing of the Bees, which follows two beekeepers all the way to Capital Hill in a quest to protect their bees.

Any beekeepers in the Ethical Ocean community? Have you seen a decline?

June 4, 2012