World bee day (20th May)

Did you know that 1/3 of the food we eat is pollinated by bees?


Without bees we would lose:


  • 100% almonds (almendras)
  • 90% apples (manzanas)
  • 90% onions (cebollas)
  • 90% blueberries (arandanos)
  • 90% cucumbers (pepinos)
  • 90% carrots (zanahorias)

(Source: Renee Johnson, Congressional Research Service 2010)


Bees are vital to our ecosystem and food crops – in the USA bees have declined around 33% and in Europe around 12%. This is bad news for farmers, governments and us – if it continues it will mean less variety of fruits, nuts and vegetables which would lead to an imbalanced diet.


Why are bees declining?

  • Use of pesticides – pesticides are highly toxic for bees
  • Urbanisation – this means loss of habitat for bees – long grass, trees and wild flowers
  • Climate change – some bees can only survive in very specific temperatures

What can we do?

  • Plant flowers such as lavender, mint, poppies and native flowers which bloom at different times of the year in our gardens or terraces
  • Buy raw honey from local farmers
  • Buy organic fruit and vegetables
  • Avoid using pesticides in our gardens
  • Leave a bowl of water outside with pebbles or twigs in for bees to perch on and rehydrate themselves

Vocabulary


Pollinate – polinizar


Ecosystem – ecosistema


Crop – cultivo/cosecha


Decline – decaer


An imbalanced diet – una dieta no equilibrada


Pesticide – pesticida


Lavender – lavanda


Mint – menta


Poppies – amapolas


Bloom – florecer


Raw honey – miel cruda


Organic – ecológico


Pebble – piedrita/guijarro


Twig – ramita


Perch – posarse