Dani V Sanchez
Positive Strategist & Designer
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BEES

WHY BEES?

I’m absolutely terrified of insects, but when it comes to picking crucial issues that affect our planet it really doesn’t matter what you’re scared of. Bees are vital to our ecosystem as well as our food and my fear in the end really doesn’t matter, for we couldn’t live as we do today without bees. The truth is it’s actually quite amazing that such a little being can do so much for such a big world!

THE PROBLEM

Since the 90’s there have been reports of beekeepers observing mysterious disappearances of bees. This past winter alone 33% of all the colonies in the US died, which is double of the acceptable natural amount. The problem has actually gotten to such a dangerous level that entomologists have started warning us that we don’t have enough bees to maintain our countries pollination demands. And if the bees go they will take a lot of our ecosystem with them.

 Honey bee on a flower

Honey bee on a flower

BEES & CROPS

Bees pollinate 80% of all of our flowering crops in the US, which ends up translating to a 1/3 of everything we eat. Fruits like apples & oranges, vegetables like squash & pumpkins, nuts like almonds & macadamia nuts and spices like cocoa & vanilla. As all of these crops start to get affected other parts of our ecosystem will start to suffer too. Animals and humans depend crucially in all these crops. Even our dairy and beef industry depends on bees. Alfalfa for example, another crop pollinated by bees would reduce to such low levels that we wouldn’t have enough to feed our cattle.

THE CAUSE

Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD has been the name given to the mysterious disappearances of bees. Bees and their colonies are disappearing and being poisoned by various reasons:

  1. Toxic chemical pesticides in agriculture. (Especially Neonicotinoids)
  2. Climate change & parasites
  3. Disturbed habitats for bees
 Bees on a honeycomb Frame

Bees on a honeycomb Frame

SOLUTIONS

Combined efforts have to be taken to save our bees.

See the demands Greenpeace proposes here

  1. Fully ban all pesticides that are harmful to bees & other pollinators (clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, fipronil, chlorpyrifos, cypermethrin and deltamethrin)
  2. Ecological farming & crop rotation
  3. Adopt Bee Action Plans
  4. Buy products that support bees
  5. Volunteer, sign-petitions & tell your friends

 

HELPFUL LINKS

  1. Greenpeace SOS-bees
  2. USDA Bee Health report
  3. More than Honey, documentary
  4. Beeaction.org

HONEY (EXTRA FACTS)

    Honey has almost 600 compounds and countless health benefits, most of which are not commonly known. In fact honey is so good for us that it has practically no side effects on our body. We can even go as far as viewing it as a type of organic medicine since it contains multiple properties that act as antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-tumor, anti-metastatic and anti-parasitic. It seems that even when virus or bacteria mutate, honey is still steps ahead.

    Below is a list of benefits now known about honey:

    1. Can slow down HIV
      • Improves the immune system by increasing white blood and red blood cell count as well as hemoglobin, CD4, CD8, platelet, lymphocyte and neutrophil count.
    2. Is a remedy for influenza and Bronchitis
      • Contains essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that stabilize your immune system, relieving inflammation and eliminating allergies related to bronchitis.
    3. Can prevent cancer
    4. Can prevent heart disease
    5. Can fight STD’s
    6. Reduces ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders
    7. Increases athletic performance
    8. Regulates blood sugar
    9. Heals wounds and burns
    10. It's a pro-biotic
     Robinia honey

    Robinia honey

     Bee Farm

    Bee Farm

    Good Manya’s Role

    Good Manya is a world improvement project that fights both environmental and social issues using design and products. Through a full circle system and a mainstream media positioning we seek to expand our audience from: people typically interested in world issues to the general masses. The ultimate purpose for Good Manya is to inspire our audience to change their actions, while also giving them the tools to make those changes in their day to day lives.

    Good Manya & Bees

    With bees in particular we support the demands and efforts proposed by Greenpeace and we urge everyone to donate, support and volunteer for the cause. As for our products, the “For the bees” Pixelcat doll pillow was created to represent the struggle of the bees. We have designed and crafted the pillow ourselves and have used as many sustainable materials as possible for its production. We continue our efforts by currently seeking to join forces with a non-profit or organization to work together to help the bees.

    Together we can make things happen.
    Let’s save the bees!

    Love
    Dani