What the Produce Section Looks Like in a World without Bees

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Produce section, compliments of the handiwork of bees
A Whole Foods Market in Providence, Rhode Island, recently took before and after pictures of what their produce section would look like in a world without bees.

The view sans bees is quite depressing, as it should be. Of the 453 products, 237 were removed, including apples, avocados, carrots, mangoes, lemons, eggplant, summer squash and a whole slew of other things.

Now through June 25, for every pound of organic summer squash sold, Whole Foods will donate 10 cents to The Xerces Society for pollinator preservation.

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Produce section without bees.
"Pollinators are a critical link in our food system. More than 85 percent of Earth's plant species -- many of which compose some of the most nutritional parts of our diet -- require pollinators to exist. Yet we continue to see alarming declines in bee numbers," said Eric Mader, assistant pollinator conservation director at The Xerces Society."Our organization works with farmers nationwide to help them create wildflower habitat and adopt less pesticide-intensive practices. These simple strategies can tip the balance back in favor of bees."

Whole Foods offers some tips for helping the bees:
1. Buy organic.
2. Don't spray pesticides on everything that moves (not their exact wording).
3. Garden. Plant something with flowers. Bees will love you for it.
4. Look for "Share the Buzz" signs at Whole Foods for other companies that are also donating to The Xerces Society.
5. If you see a bee, smile and say "thank you" (also not their wording, but I'm sure they'd agree).



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11 comments
barryguitar
barryguitar

83 different experiments have replicated the same result but you will not hear it in the American media but someday the corporations that own the mobile phone companies and the newspapers will have to admit to the public that it is indeed the cell phone towers that are causing the bees to die. They navigate by the same frequencies we use for our mobile phones, causing them to lose track of the way home, they fly around in an increasingly larger spiral until they find the hive, where being worn out and tired the hive rejects them, they fall to the ground and die. Nice try , though with the link to the Xerces freaks who have no agenda other than to destroy business and end economic growth in the fake name of conservation.

http://inhabitat.com/its-official-cell-phones-are-killing-bees/

David Bigs Bigbee
David Bigs Bigbee

They should do another photo of what Whole Foods will look like with & without GMOs.

dfwheathen
dfwheathen

And here I thought bees lived off of my open can of sodas

Jason Jones
Jason Jones

Without bees man will not survive it has been said by Albert Einstein and I believe that.

Heather Rinaldi
Heather Rinaldi

Thank you for sharing this important message. This is even more important now that we are hearing news of truck spraying happening, even without WNV cases being reported.

SwingLow
SwingLow

Dallas bee population was decimated because of the west nile pesticides. More people die of many other things, but we covered ourselves in govt goo because of some 1:1,000,000 disease that is preventable without killing all of the insects in town.  Which, by the way, affects the bird population. Uneducated MORONS.

Dawn Wildfang
Dawn Wildfang

I moved to Nebraska last year . So far this spring I have not SEEN one honey bee. I walk my dogs 3 times a day, through fields, along lakes,through neighborhoods and not 1 honey bee yet. I've posted about it quite a few times and surprised its not a bigger subject

Monica Moore
Monica Moore

Yay for bees. I wish they'd stop building hives near my patio though.

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