Bees are very important for our future

Bees are very important for our future

On Thursday, Peter Marchetta, a canvasser with Environment New Jersey, said that without bees there isn’t any future, and stood with colleagues and Michael Long, Uriah Creek Apiary owner, to make the public aware of the impact of bees on their lives.

Marchetta said that it’s quite simple bees are important for our food, and the relation is very direct but people just don’t get it.

Environment New Jersey tried to educate people at a ‘To Bee or Not to Bee’ picnic in Buccleuch Park. It aimed to raise awareness regarding the problem of bee colony collapse and motivate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take steps to prohibit the class of pesticides called neonicotinoids for bees’ protection. Also known as neonics, neonicotinoids, are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically quite like nicotine.

People highly depend on bees, as they are needed in the pollination of 71 of the 100 crops that are accountable for 90% of most of the food worldwide.

Colleen McLoughlin, citizen outreach campaign director with Environment New Jersey, said that they are worried that foods linked to summer fun, like watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, among many others would be in danger in case no steps are taken quickly to save the bees.

McLoughlin added, “Bees also pollinate alfalfa which is commonly fed to dairy cows. So cheese and ice cream are also on endangered list. All summer foods are impacted by loss of bees as pollinators. Bee colonies are dying off at unprecendented rates”.


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