Why our survival depends on bees

WHAT did you have for your last meal?

Whatever it was, there’s a good chance that bees helped to make it.

You see bees are about more than just honey. Believe it or not, bees are responsible for creating one third of the world’s food. Without them cross-pollenating plants, many of the fruits and vegetables we rely on every day would never get to harvest stage—without bees, we would quite literally cease to exist.


And the scary thing is, we might be headed that way.

All around the world huge bee colonies are collapsing due to increased use of pesticides in industrial agriculture and inhumane bee farming.

The good news, though, is that you don’t need to be a farmer or bee keeper to help.

Introducing bee friendly plants to your garden or keeping potted plants such as lavender, rosemary and other herbs can all help wild bees. Even choosing locally grown, organic honey can make a difference.

[signoff icon=”icon-username”]Brittany Laidlaw
Griffith business graduate
Manager, Hong Kong Perma Club

Brittany is a Griffith Bachelor of Business (Sustainable Enterprise) graduate and recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award. She was also the Australian Youth Delegate to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Since graduating, Brittany’s roles include the managing the Hong Kong Perma Club, the first permaculture education organisation and demonstration site in the country, and working as Schools Team Leader on a project in the Philippines post-Typhoon Haiyan. There Brittany established a Permaculture Education Program into two local schools to provide food security and climate change resilience.[/signoff]