1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat requires pollination by bees and their friends like butterflies, moths and bats. Unfortunately, bee colonies are being wiped out from the use of harmful pesticides.
We can all help protect bees by making sure our pesticides don’t contain neonicotinoids (“neonics”). Look for acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid, or thiamethoxam on labels as ingredients to avoid. We can also help bees by supporting your beekeeper neighbors by enjoying their delicious local honey. Planting flowers in your garden can also help create bee habitat.
My favorite honey is raw Washington Buckwheat Honey. Did you know that you should always store honey at room temperature - not in the refridgerator? In high school my biology teacher made the point that bacteria couldn't grow in honey by taking out a jar he had back in his office and eating a spoonful every year - which he did for decades. And I never forgot that lesson.
Sustainable gift idea: support bees by wrapping a jar of delicious local honey in a "Secret Lives of Bees" Tokki.