Next week is National Pollinator Week! I didn’t even know this was a thing, but I’m glad it is and I think it needs to be shouted from every rooftop. This week is brought to us by the Pollinator Partnership, who I found out is funded by Monsanto and Bayer. Ugh. The very organizations that are killing them via “Monsanto’s genetically engineered, herbicide-tolerant ‘Roundup Ready’ crops, Monsanto’s insecticide-producing, genetically engineered ‘Bt’ Crops, and Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds treated with Bayer’s insecticides”. Read more about it here… it’s sickening.
I feel like the situation is dire for our pollinators and our food supply so I still feel that our pollinators are worth celebrating and talking about.
What can you do?
1. Avoid buying bee killing pesticides like: Monsanto’s Roundup, Dow’s Rodeo or Bayer 2-1 Systemic Rose and Flower Care. Don’t forget that seeds, potting soil and plants are also pre-treated with neonics.
A quick weed killer that can be used in place of Roundup is as follows:
-1/2 cup of salt, preferably sea salt or Himalayan salt
-1 gallon organic or non-gmo vinegar
-1/4 cup all-natural dish soap (for sale at local health food stores)
Mix ingredients and place in a spray bottle. The correct ratio is a 1/2 cup of salt for every gallon of vinegar and 1/4 cup for this recipe.
For seeds try:
• Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
• Seeds of Change
• The Seed and Plant Finder
• Seed Savers Exchange
2. Let Dandelions and Clover grow in your lawn. This is by far the easiest thing that a person can do. Bees love them. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you for not having a perfect lawn
3. Plant bee friendly flowers: lamb’s ear, which has some added benefits that you can read about here), hyssop, lupine, bee balm, coneflowers, heather, lavender, heliotrope, etc. You can also find mixes that are native to your region to make things super easy.
4. Buy Organic. Let your dollars do the talking for you. Support organic farmers. If they are local, even better!
5. Add Your Name. Sign Petitions to let your voice be heard regarding passing the Saving America’s Pollinators Act . Another petition can be found here.
Also, tell Lowe’s to stop selling bee killing plants and pesticides here.
The more I read about this, the sicker it makes me. I am hopeful that the message will continue to spread and we can change this course before we lose our valuable pollinators.
Source: Honey Bee Health via Organicconsumers.org