Our Honey Bees Are Dying - What You Can Do To Help By Christina Applebaum Recently a study reported that honey bees are dying off at a rate too high to guarantee the survival of their species. There is a quote associated with Albert Einstein: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live." Now there is a great deal of controversy over whether or not he ever actually said that, but we would be amiss if we focused on proving that Einstein was indeed the one who said it instead of asking ourselves is the statement true or not? About 15 years ago there was a sudden disappearance of honey bees in the United States which was said to be due to a "colony collapse disorder syndrome" - which got people asking that exact question, is it true? The cause of this so called syndrome was said to be unknown. The death of the honey bee species could easily be the catalyst for an extinction level event, but Americans for the most part simply don't believe another extinction level event is possible. Not anytime soon anyway. Harvard published a study earlier this year confirming what other countries have known for years, that neonicotinoids are the cause of "colony collapse disorder syndrome". That's why Europe will enforce the world's first continent-wide ban on insecticides known to cause harm to honey bees. If we don't do the same in America soon, Monsanto and the like will take over with crops now needing genetic modifications and to be pollinated by hand. It may sound surreal but it is already happening. And all the big corporations with their bought and paid for lobbyists and politicians don't want anyone to believe it. At least 90 different fruits and vegetables all over the world are completely dependent on honey bees for pollination, unlike some other self pollinating crops these crops will not survive without bees. Things You Can Do To Help The Honey Bee 1. Sign the petition to ban the use of products containing neonicotinoids in the United States here. 2. Dandelions and clover are two of the bees' favorite foods. They are nutrient and pollen rich and provide honey bees with what they need to make food for themselves and their young (honey in other words). Allow these flowers/weeds to grow in your yard. 3. In addition to the dandelions and clover, plant bee friendly flowers. Pre-mixed packets of wild flowers will do quite nicely 4. Stop using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. These chemicals are harmful to you, the honey bees and to our planet. 5. Buy your honey from local bee keepers. Local bee keepers are going to care a great deal more about their bees health and well being than profits. 6. Pass this information on. Tell your family and friends, tell anyone who will listen. Our bees are dying, this is happening right now and we need to help save them. If the honey bee dies so do we.