I just saw this yesterday. In a grim reminder to the world on what is happening with the world bee population Cheerios has pulled their mascot off of their boxes. No bees means no people. It's as simple as that.
They have also taken it a step further and were giving away seeds for wildflowers. Not just a few they ended up giving away 1.5 billion wildflower seeds. Wow.
Cheerios pulls mascot to save the bees - CNN.comCheerios just gave away 1.5 BILLION wildflower seeds during its #BringBackTheBees campaign. If you signed up, the seeds will be headed your way soon. If you missed out, go ahead and plant some wildflowers anyway -- when the bees return, so will Buzz.
That's a good way to get awareness out. It would be nice to think more flowers would provide some of the solution. I thought most of the problem was with several viruses, though.
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From what I have read it's a combination of virus', pesticides and habitat loss.
In the very least it's a big step on awareness. We have a couple of large bumble bees that have taken up residency in our backyard and we just leave them alone and they don't bother anybody.
We used to have a bee-keeper about 1/4-mile away. I always figured all those little guys on our flowering plants were making honey for him. We actually had variegated ampelopsis vines on our gates at one time...and a gazillion flying stinging things all the time, not just bees...for some reason we never got stung going through the gates. I was sad when the bee-keeper died. For one, he was a nice old man. But I knew I was going to be missing the bees. Sure enough...
We have a lot of bumble bees, too...neat to watch. There's a kind of bumble-looking bee that insists on making big holes in the roof beams of our deck...those I could do without.
A friend of mine keeps bees and he's had a lot of issues the past 5 years. Lost his whole colony a few years ago to some kind infection.
That is such a cool way to get the message across to help protect our environment and her care takers. Sad though that it had to come to that but still a very responsible thing for a cereal producer to do to bring awareness to a much needed cause.
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Obviously the food companies have lots at stake here but so does the world really.
The bees and the frogs. I was watching a documentary about the frog population. If it is healthy and growing then this is good new for us. They are extremely sensitive to changes in air and water quality, to moisture levels and to temperature. The frog population is not in a good spot right now which is depressing and alarming.
Hooray for Cheerios, doing something to help people. I know it is their best financial interest, best al least they are bringing the information to the people AND taking a proactive approach. It is not only the frog population but the bats are declining as they are consumers of mainly mosquitoes which are heavily sprayed. Bats are also pollinators.
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I keep bees with my sister up at her farm. I have 3 hives she has 9. We went out to check on them here in the warmer weather and lost em all. Last year we lost 2 hives, however this year we lost everything. Since it is their farm and they make sure not to use pesticides, they can still get to other farms. However, we kind of look at the weather. This year winter was much warmer than usual. Which you would think would be good for them but they leave the hives and then a cold snap kills them.
I jumped on the wagon and ordered my seeds from General Mills. Its a great idea for them to help the bees. It fits with their mascot and everything.
I started keeping bees last year to help with my vegetable and flower gardens. The plan was for one hive but I captured a swarm for a second. I was very happy to open the hives (just enough to add some food) during one of the warm days at the end of February and find both are still doing well.
A third of our food supply relies on bees for pollination and it has been a bad year locally for winter die outs. In a discussion with the State Apiary Inspector, he estimated a 60% or better die off this past winter.
Cassie doesn't exactly love the hobby She got stung twice because she had to go sniff the new boxes in the yard. She now gives them a wide berth and hasn't had any more issues with getting too curious.
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