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The Westbury Senior Living Recognizes the Importance Bees Play on Our Ecosystem

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Don’t step on a Bee! Sounds like sane advice, but did you know it’s also a day of recognizing the incredible impact that bees play on our ecosystem? There are roughly 4,000 bee species in North America and about 20,000 around the globe that pollinate everything from flowers to vegetables. In fact, bees pollinate approximately one in every three bites of food you eat, which makes them essential to the health and prosperity of countless ecosystems worldwide. Crops such as apples, cranberries, and broccoli all rely on bees. Fruits like blueberries and cherries are 90% dependent on honeybee pollination, as are almonds. To pollinate the roughly 1.2 million acres of almond trees, the California almond industry needs about 1.8 million bees.

           

However, one in four species of bees are facing extinction. From fungus to pesticides, bees are facing rapidly declining numbers. In the US, the honeybee population has declined 60% since 1947.

 

This year, The Westbury Senior Living is celebrating “Don’t Step On A Bee Day” by utilizing locally sourced honey from Bonne Femme Farms in our BBQ honey-stung wings on July 10th.

 

Being a small farm owner, I realize the necessity of bees in the ecosystem. I purposefully leave areas of clover around my field to attract bees to pollinate my tomatoes, melons, okra, and other vegetables. Sometime soon I would enjoy getting into beekeeping to help sustain the bee population in my area and produce honey.

 

By recognizing this holiday, we hope to bring awareness to this global issue and try to start a conversation about what we can all do to help reverse this trend and help build the bee population back to its pre-WWII levels. And while you’re at it, don’t step on a bee. We need them here.

 

 

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