A World Without Bees...
Imagine a world without most of the fruits and vegetables you love. We need bees to pollinate our apples, almonds, blueberries and many other crops. Kiwis require cross-pollination to produce their fuzzy fruit. Though we eat the roots, carrots come from a seed that was created with the help of a pollinator. Even milk benefits from pollinators: alfalfa needs leaf cutter bees to help it reproduce and become cattle feed.
Over 30 percent of the foods and beverages that we consume rely on or benefit from pollination. Worldwide, production of pollinated crops is valued at over $235 billion annually. These pollinated foods contain many key nutrients, such as vitamin A, essential to our diet. Pollinators also maintain a healthy planet: they ensure natural areas are filled with a diversity of plants that support other wildlife and maintain ecosystem function.
A world without pollinators would not only taste bland, but would leave us sick and malnourished. Without pollinators, life would be no picnic - and yet around the world approximately 40% of pollinator species may face extinction.
What Certification Means for You
The Bee Better Certified™ program works with farmers in operations both large and small to develop habitat and mitigate impacts from the use of pesticides. Our partner farmers grow an array of crops: from almonds to blueberries, vegetables, apples, wine grapes, and more. Certified farmers agree to meet the requirements of our production standards and have their pollinator protection measures verified by an independent third-party. Bee Better Certified farms provide habitat, protect bees from pesticides, and responsibly manage commercially bred bumble bees.
Shop the Seal
We're working with farmers across the country to become certified. Beginning in fall of 2017, look for the Bee Better Certified™ seal at farmers markets, local grocery stores, and in your CSA box. We have also been assisting a number of supply farms for major brands that represent a variety of commodities. The Bee Better Certified™ seal will soon be featured on your favorite products in the freezer, non-dairy beverage, and nut-butter sections of grocery stores across the US. Check back or follow us on social media to learn about the latest certified products coming to a market near you!
Other Ways You Can Help
You can support pollinators wherever you live by planting flowers to provide pollen and nectar, protecting nesting habitat, eliminating pesticide use, and spreading the word. For more tips and information about protecting pollinators in your community visit xerces.org/bringbackthepollinators/