To all of them, honey bees are beloved, and they know the importance of them to our world.
My brother, Mike, works for locally owned Glory Bee in Eugene, Oregon. Aside from their sales of honey and its related products, as well as beekeeping supplies, they are responsible for an initiative called "Save the Bee".
Taken from their blog post today:
"The humble honey bee is responsible for pollinating our fruits, nuts, vegetables and coffee. Without them, our diets would look very different, and so much less healthy! Sadly, the USDA recently reported that US beekeepers lost 44% of their hives in the winter of 2015-2016. This is an unsustainable loss for the bees, the beekeepers, and our communities.
Sometimes we feel very small in the face of a very big problem. But in this case there are a few things you can do to help:
Plant a pollinator garden.
Support Organic agriculture for bee pollinated crops.
Eliminate pesticide use on your property and at your place of work.
Become a beekeeper!
Donate to Save the Bee, and support honey bee research and beekeeper education.
One of our biggest partnerships this year is with a company you may have heard of - Dave's Killer Bread. They are helping to take our Save the Bee social initiative to the next level and bringing national awareness to the issues plaguing honey bees."
When you purchase specially marked loaves of DKB Honey Oats & Flax bread, you'll be contributing to their effort to Save the Bees. Plus, you can enter to win a prize package!
Take a look at their video (my brother is the beekeeper pictured below!) and thank the Lord for his amazing design of the honeybee.