We have all been made aware on numerous occasions of the excessive death of bee colonies since the mid-1980s. Indeed, these small winged actors not only play a crucial and indispensable role in about 75% of the world’s food production, but are also essential for the balance of many fragile ecosystems.
We now know that this excess mortality is multifactorial. Among them, of course, food source depletion is probably a major cause, but not the only one: according to researchers, poor beekeeping practices and the depletion of bees’ food resources due to monocultural agricultural practices and the consequent impoverishment of biodiversity are also to blame.
How can we help bees? Several actions can have an important impact if many of us implement them: We can consume food without chemicals, we can also favor beekeepers with gentle methods that respect the natural balance, and we can naturally plant honey plants in our gardens and on our balconies that enrich and diversify the food sources of bees, which, like us, strengthen their immune systems when they have access to a wide range of healthy food.