Target: US Citizenry
Goal: Plant flowers on your property to help sustain the declining bee population
More than a third of our plant food products depend on pollination by bees. Bees help spread pollen from one plant to another and in the process they make honey, a product that has been used by humans for centuries as a food ingredient and for health benefits. Unfortunately, due to recent pesticides and loss of habitat, the bee population is shrinking. Since World War II, the bee population has been in decline, peaking at 4 million hives during the war and decreasing to 2 million in 2007.
Pesticides have grown fierce and terrifying, and some are able to kill bees as soon as they land on a flower. Other pesticides kill bees in an inhumane way. These pesticides affect the flight of the bee, causing it to fly dizzily back into the hive, where the pesticide not only kills the bee, but also spreads to the rest of the hive and ultimately kills the queen bee. These pesticides are also harmful to other wildlife; ingesting them can be mean illness and sometimes death.
The bee population is also dying because of a flowerless landscape, where urban development has destroyed the environment and caused the bees to starve. Farmers who used to plant clover and alfalfa – which functioned as natural fertilizer – have switched to synthetic fertilizers. This has decreased the availability of flowers for pollinators.
The ecosystem and many human foods depend on bees, and you can do your part by planting flowers on your property. By planting a few flowers, you can ensure that the bee population is sustained, your crops are healthy, and our produce will continue to stay in our grocery stores.
Dear US Citizenry,
During the next planting season, I pledge to plant several flowers to help sustain the bee population. Bees are crucial to our environment because they produce honey, and they also pollinate our crops to ensure a successful and healthy harvest. The bee population has been in decline since World War II and if they disappear entirely, it will be disastrous for our ecosystems.
Even if I don’t have a lot of land to plant flowers, or any land at all, I can plant flowers in a pot and leave it outside for the bees to feed from. Their survival is key to my own survival. As humans have been the number reason for their decline, it is my responsibility to ensure they do not die off.
[Your Name Here]
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