Save Our Bees

Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we.

40% of US Honeybees Have Died Since 2006

70% of Our Food Sources Depend on Bees

Pollinators are at risk. And we know one of the main causes of their alarming death rates. A new report concludes that neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, "pose a serious risk of harm to honey bees and other pollinators." They also harm butterflies, earthworms and birds, and because they're now found in soils, sediment, groundwater and waterways, they alter "biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and the ecosystem services provided by a wide range of affected species and environments."

The report, produced by the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, is the work of 50 independent scientists from around the world who spent four years analyzing more than 800 peer-reviewed scientific studies.

The good news: We can all play a part in bringing back the bees. This is how:

  1. Building a Bee House - You can easily build a bee house from an empty milk carton that will house bees for many seasons to come. Click the button below to get detailed instructions on how to build a bee house.
  2. Providing Nutritious Bee Food - Bees eat two things: nectar (loaded with sugar, it's a bee's main source of energy) and pollen (which provides proteins and fats). Click the button below to get a list of flowers and plants bees love.
  3. Building a Bee Bath - Bees and other beneficial insects — ladybugs, butterflies, and predatory wasps — all need fresh water to drink but most can't land in a conventional bird bath without crashing. Click the button below to get detailed instructions on how to build a bee bath.

    This information provided by:  David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.