As vanishing honeybees continue to threaten our food supply, companies and organizations are helping by getting citizens involved. How can you help save the honeybees? Simple - plant some bee-friendly flowers.
Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey
Burt's Bees, a company known for its Earth-friendly personal care products, already gave away 50,000 wildflower seed packets this year. If you missed the Burt's Bees campaign, you can still get bee-friendly wildflower seeds from Häagen-Dazs by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Häagen-Dazs Saves the Honey Bees Program/Domino
50 San Francisco Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94133
Häagen-Dazs even ran a full-page ad in Newsweek last month, with the headline "plant this page. save a bee." The ad was printed on a recycled linen sheet, with wildflowers seeds embedded in the page. And don't forget, you can still support honeybee research by buying a delicious pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream.
For gardeners who want to do more for the bees, check out The Great Sunflower Project. In addition to planting the free native sunflower seeds provided, you are asked to provide some information about bee activity in your garden. Simply register with a valid email address, describe your garden (a container, your backyard, or even a public garden), and time how long it takes 5 bees to visit your sunflower. That's it! But hurry - they're only offering seeds to people who request them by June 15th.