What’s this about
Bees have an important role in our ecosystem. From both an economical and ecological perspective, their most important contribution is as pollinators.
“With approximately one third of the food we eat relying on bees for pollination, their commercial value in Canada alone has been
estimated at 1,2 billion annually (worldwide: 250 billion!). Although many other insects, such as wasps, butterflies and beetles, also pollinate flowers, bees are by far the most important as they actively collect pollen. They even have specially designed pollen baskets in their hind legs to carry it.”
Despite their importance, many bee species are declining and roughly a quarter of our native species are now endangered. Which means both their lives and also our ecosystem is at risk.
Fortunately, there are things we can do to help change this.
If you want to get involved in this initiative, there are a couple ways you can do it.
- One School, One Seed at a Time!
You can help sow the seeds for the future by sponsoring youth education on pollinators and gardening programs across Canada. For every unit of Allergy Relief products purchased, $1 will be donated to Urban Seedling and Bee City Canada.
These are some of the products that you can purchase in order to contribute to the cause:
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- What you can do in your own backyard!
Welcome all Bees and other pollinators to your garden, and encourage their visit by planting a variety of local native plants. Get creative! Different colours, shapes and blooming season, it will look beautiful and help them feel welcome! Don’t forget to also provide suitable nesting sites whenever you can, and avoid pesticides or insecticides.
If you’d like some more help on how to create a bee friendly garden, A. Vogel has a few tips right here.
- You can adopt bees – even in the city!
Anti-pesticide regulations, great floral diversity, and the lack of pollinators all make the city an unlikely but great (ideal even), environment to keep bees.
If you are interested in adopting, companies like Alvéole will install a colony of honeybees on your roof, balcony or in your yard.
And, they take care of all the colony’s needs!
However you participate, no matter how little the gesture, it can have a bigger impact than you think.
Share with us what you are doing. We’d love to see how you are participating!