種植。為蜂為己。 Save Bees. Save Us and so… Grow These!

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也許你會認為蜜蜂數量持續下降與你無關, 但實情是,蜜蜂在農業生產中擔當著很重要的角色,這更是直接影響到我們的食物供應。

愛因斯坦曾警告,一旦蜜蜂消失,人類可在四年內滅亡。

透過種植圖中植物,包括香草,如:薰衣草,薄荷,鼠尾草,香菜,百里香,茴香,琉璃苣;長年開花植物,如:藏紅花,毛茛,紫菀,蜀葵,海葵,雪花蓮,天竺葵; 一年開一次花的植物,如:金盞花,罌粟花,向日葵,百日草,醉蝶花,天芥菜花等,可以幫助蜜蜂繁殖,最終受惠的會是人類。

Save Bees, Save Us.

 

Source: Organic Plus

沒有蜜蜂下的超級市場⋯⋯How our supermarkets would look like if all the bees died off?

也許很多人都聽說過蜜蜂的重要性,但蜜蜂數量下降是事實,這個事實近年來更成為科學家們的研究焦點。

也許你會認為蜜蜂數量持續下降與你無關, 但實情是,蜜蜂在農業生產中擔當著很重要的角色,這更是直接影響到我們的食物供應。

透過蜜蜂傳播花粉,農作物得以繁殖生長,然後才有我們常吃的到的蔬菜水果。假如蜜蜂數量持續下降, 很多食物的供應會受到影響,特別是新鮮的食物。

為了讓人們意識到蜜蜂在食物生產活動中的重要性,美國 University Heights Whole Foods Market 做了一個小實驗,就是從貨架上取下那些依賴蜜蜂傳播花粉生產的食物(下圖):

Many people may now know the importance of bees; however, they are currently the centre of attention of scientists and companies because of the decline in their population. You may think that it doesn’t concern you if their numbers continue to drop right?  However, bees play an important part in agriculture, especially with the food you eat.

The plants that pollinates from honeybees help grow crops, fruits and vegetables. If their population continues to decrease, the fresh ingredients that many consumers relay on may not be sufficient and availability will be affected. So in order to provide the residents with the message that food production is crucial, the University Heights Whole Foods Market store removed products in the supermarkets and grocery stores that highly depend on bees and other pollinators in order to produce. See the “after effect” below:

現在你看到蜜蜂對我們有多重要嗎?
So, could you now realise how important bees are to us?

Source: www.go.asia, Original: Grist
Special Credit: Jianne Soriano

誰是蜜蜂殺手? Who Killed the Bees?

由於蜂窠及蜜蜂數量下降,大大增加蜜蜂的「工作量」!就以加州為例,加州出產的杏仁佔全國的杏仁供應的80﹪,但每種杏仁卻需要動員全國60﹪的蜂窠去傳播花粉!

就蜜蜂數量下降的情況,最近的科學研究又有令人震驚的新發現!

多年來,科學家們一直在尋找導致全美約10萬蜂箱蜂群衰竭失調(Colony Collapse Disorder – CCD)的原因。馬里蘭州大學和美國農業部的科學家們發現並有充分理據指出,被農藥污染的花粉就是問題所在。根據原文,「最令人不安的是,吃了被殺菌劑及農藥污染的花粉的蜜蜂,其感染的寄生蟲的機會比吃未無污染花粉的蜜蜂可多達三倍。」

蜜蜂殺手,就是受污染的花粉。

Because of the decrease in beehive population, in order to pollinate one California crop, almonds it would take 60% of the country’s beehive to do so. Worse, California almonds distributes to 80% of the country’s total almonds supply.

Based on research and new studies conducted by scientist, a shocking new discovery has been found regarding the decline and drop in population of bee that pollinate $30 billion of USA’s crops.

Over the years, scientists have been finding the cause of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) that affected and killed an estimated 10 million beehives across the country. Scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have been able to pinpoint the problem to a pesticide that are contaminating the pollens that bees collect. According to the article, “Most disturbing, bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected by the parasite.”

Source: www.go.asia; Original: QUARTZ
Special Credit: Jianne Soriano