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If The Bee Disappears From The Surface Of The Earth…

If The Bee Disappears From The Surface Of The Earth
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The Importance Of Bees:

Pollination Work Of Bees: Bees are vital for the preservation of the ecosystem as they help keep ecological balance and biodiversity in nature. They provide one of the most important ecological services: Pollination, which makes food production possible. [1] Bees make excellent pollinators as they collect pollen, a source of protein that they feed to their offspring. Bees collect pollen from the flowers through electrostatic force and attach to the hair on their bodies and transfer to another flower. Bees account for 90-95 % of all insect pollination. [2] By pollination, they perform a vital function which allows the ecosystem and plant species to propagate. They also contribute to the genetic and biotic diversity of plant species.

Wildlife Habitats: Many people forget that forest trees require pollination in order for fertile seeds to be produced. Bees, in their role as pollinators, thus play a vital role in forest growth – including both tropical and temperate forests. Many tree species – for example willows and poplars – depend on bees for pollination. Not only wild environments but backyard gardens, which serve as the home for many birds and insects, require the pollination of plants for their survival.

Biodiversity: Bees make an essential contribution to biodiversity, due to their work as pollinators. [3] Pollination enables the propagation of trees and diverse other plant species. Plants in turn then function as habitats for animal life. The contribution bees make to complex ecosystems is enormous and without them it is likely that very many other species might become extinct.

Food Source: Bees produce honey to feed their colonies during cold winter. Humans as well as raccoons, opossums, and other insects also use it as a food source.

Here’s something you CAN do to help… plant bee-friendly plants!

Top 10 Plants To Encourage Bees To Your Garden: http://off-grid.info/blog/top-10-plants-to-encourage-bees-to-your-garden/

16 oz Of Honey Requires 1152 Bees To Travel 112,000 Miles: https://herbshealthhappiness.com/16-oz-of-honey-requires-1152-bees-to-travel-112000-miles/

References:

[1] Delaplane, K.S., D.R. Mayer, and D.F. Mayer, Crop pollination by bees. 2000: Cabi. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ZHGZkXa7xE4C&oi=fnd&pg=PR12

[2] Majewski, J., Economic Value of Pollination of Major Crops in Poland. Economic Science for Rural Development, 2014. 34: p. 14-21. https://llufb.llu.lv/conference/economic_science_rural/2014/…/.pdf

[3] Abrol, D.P., Pollination biology: biodiversity conservation and agricultural production. 2011: Springer Science & Business Media. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=clwm8CSIIdIC&oi=fnd&pg=PR3

Cures May Become Extinct Before They Are Ever Found

Cures May Become Extinct Before They Are Ever Found
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Did you know? Over 50% of prescription drugs are derived from substances first identified in plants.

There are more than 300,000 plant species known. Of these, the IUCN has evaluated only 12,914 – and found that around 68% of the ones evaluated are at risk of extinction.

If we do not stop destroying the environment, in addition to hastening our research and evaluation of plant species, we very obviously reduce the possibility that plant-based cures for serious diseases such as cancer and HIV may simply become extinct before they are ever discovered…

How to protect plant species from going extinct? Here are some tips.

1. Learn About Plant Species: One way you can commence the process of saving endangered plant species is by starting to learn about them. You can visit botanical gardens, wildlife refuges and arboreta to know about plants – in addition to online research of course.

2. Plant Native Trees: You should plant more native trees which are key in maintaining natural ecosystems. Native trees have the potential to improve the natural ecosystem allowing endangered plants to thrive. [1]

3. Do Not Harm Endangered Plants: Endangered plant species should not be harvested as this is illegal to harm any endangered species.

4. Stop Buying Tropical Hardwoods: Due to the huge amount of illegal logging driven by the extremely high price of tropical hardwoods, the black market of these products is now so rife that it has been stated that there can no longer be certainty as to whether tropical hardwoods were legally harvested or poached. It’s time to turn to other sources for timber and simply forego the use of rainforest hardwoods.

5. Avoid invasive plant species: Invasive plants can damage the endangered plant species as they compete for nutrients. Studies have shown that invasive plant species have an impact on biodiversity. [2] An example is Eucalyptus – which is being planted worldwide because it is fast growing; however this is not a sound policy as Eucalyptus does not support biodiversity in the regions in which it is being imported. It is also very prone to forest fire and extremely difficult to eradicate. It has caused many problems in the places it has been imported to.

6. Avoid Herbicides And Pesticides: Chemical pesticides and herbicides are hazardous environmental pollutants and can damage the natural ecosystem.

7. Use Recycled And Sustainably Sourced Paper: Use recycled / sustainable paper to limit the harvesting of more plants for making paper that can endanger extinct plant species. Recycling paper can reduce waste pollutants in the environment that harm the environment. [3]

8. Use Already Built Houses: When you are looking to buy a new house, try to purchase the house that is already built. This is because new houses are one of the most resource-intensive products a person will buy in their lifetime. Another option is to use recycled materials in new builds and ‘green’ building materials such as bamboo, hempcrete and cob.

9. Don’t Destroy Natural Habitats: Do not destroy the natural habitats of animals and plants as natural habitats are vital for the growth of these plants.

Learn More: https://herbshealthhappiness.com/the-amazon-rainforest-could-it-contain-cures-for-cancer/

References:

[1] Dhanya, B., et al., Ecosystem services of native trees: experiences from two traditional agroforestry systems in Karnataka, Southern India. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 2014. 10(2): p. 101-111. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21513732.2014.918057

[2] Grice, A.C., The impacts of invasive plant species on the biodiversity of Australian rangelands. The Rangeland Journal, 2006. 28(1): p. 27-35. https://www.publish.csiro.au/rj/RJ06014

[3] Ghinea, C., et al., LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF WASTE MANAGEMENT AND RECYCLED PAPER SYSTEMS. Environmental Engineering & Management Journal (EEMJ), 2014. 13(8). https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maria_Gavrilescu/publication/286021179…/.pdf

10 Things You Can Do For Trash Free Seas

10 Things You Can Do For Trash Free Seas
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Over 8 million tons of plastic trash is deposited in our oceans every year. [1] But this is not just from trash “thrown into the ocean”. Once trash finds its way into streams and rivers, perhaps washed there after a storm, it very often finds its way down to the sea. If this trend continues, the plastic waste could be equivalent to 33% of all fish mass in a few years. To curb this terrible, civilization-endangering trend, every one needs to take proactive action against trash:

1. Can It: Dispose of your garbage properly by throwing it in bins that have lids. This prevents lightweight plastics from being blown away.

2. Avoid Bottled Water: Plastic bottles are one of the main trashes in the oceans. Rather than create demand by buying bottled water, drink tap water.

3. Stow It: In line with Ocean Conservancy’s Good Mate Program, practice sustainable boating practices while out on the sea.

4. Request Change: Actively push your legislators to enforce healthy, environmentally-friendly, and sustainable policies.

5. Remove It: Join beach clean-up initiatives to help raise awareness on the impact of plastic pollution.

6. Butt Out: Cigarette filters are the most abundant litter in the oceans. Practice proper disposal habits by using an ashtray, rather than flinging the butt haphazardly.

7. Recycle It: Sort and recycle plastics to minimize the number of items that are dumped in landfills and oceans. This reduces pollution and helps save natural resources.

8. Reuse It: Just like recycling, reusing products saves on energy and fosters a culture of prioritizing durable items over single-use products.

9. Refuse It: Consumers don’t realize that they hold the real power. By reducing the amount of plastic we buy, we can dissuade companies from manufacturing the products.

10. Reinvent It: Advocate for the creation of ocean-friendly materials that have minimal adverse effects on the environment. This includes shunning the reliance on fossil fuels.

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