Bees are incredibly important for our ecosystem and food supply. Learn more about bees, Colony Losses, and the organizations that are helping to find a solution.
We depend on bees more than most people realize.
One in three bites of food1 is made possible by bees and other pollinators . Bees pollinate nearly two-thirds of major U.S. crop species. We can thank bees for coffee, chocolate, tomatoes, cotton and more. Bees are also vital to clover and alfalfa: two crops that feed cattle and other grazing animals. In the United States alone, over one hundred crops need or benefit from bees, which translates to $3 billion of our economy.
Pollinators are also essential to other animals. Many fruits and seeds need pollinators to grow and survive – plants that feed a quarter of all birds and several mammal species.
 Mader, E., Shephard, M., Vaughan, M., Black, S., LeBuhn, G. (2011). Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.
Learn more from the Xerces Society about how to Bring Back the Pollinators.
Learn how Whole Foods is working to raise awareness of Colony Losses.
In 2006 beekeepers warned that bees were mysteriously disappearing. Bees that seemed healthy were simply abandoning their hives and never returning.
Why? No one knows the exact cause, though scientists believe there are several factors:
Scientists and researchers all over the country are trying to find solutions, and we can help by:
Learn more about a variety of issues affecting bee health in this landmark series from the Star Tribune.
Watch Dr. Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota, give an insightful and inspiring presentation about the issues facing bees.
Planting even a few native wildflowers can go a long way to help bees. But we wanted to try something even bigger. With seed bombs. Dropped from the air.
So we went to Yolo County, California, a farming community dependent on bees, to try something new. We enlisted a plane, a piece of land surrounded by organic crops, and over 1 million native wildflower seeds to create an aerial seeding event that would help bring pollinators back.
In other words? We flower bombed the heck out it.
Check out the video here, and be sure to share with your friends and family to help spread the word.
At Cascadian Farm, we’ve been farming organically since 1972, and we know how essential bees are to the environment. In fact, bees are responsible for the pollination of over two-thirds of the world’s agriculture crops. That’s why we’re spearheading Bee Friendlier, an education and support program to help bees thrive. Bee Friendlier seeks to inform, teach and promote bee-friendly activities by:
Visit Cascadian Farm’s website to learn more about bees and some of the ways we hope to help.
Cascadian Farm has grown beyond our original farm in Washington State and is recognized as a pioneer in converting conventional farms to organic. We realize that we can make a difference beyond just the food that we produce. That’s why we work with partners who share our mission. Working together, we can help sustain the health of the earth for all living creatures today, tomorrow and for generations to come.
The Xerces Society is the leading nonprofit conservation organization working on behalf of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to raise awareness and restore native wildflower habitat across the country. Farmers, governments, and businesses lean on Xerces for their invaluable expertise regarding bee-friendly practices.
Nestled in the heart of honeybee country, the Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota is the nation’s foremost research center for Colony Losses and bee health. Led by Dr. Marla Spivak, their work is internationally acclaimed and continues to shed valuable, new insights on the issues facing bees.