If you’ve been following the news, you’re aware that more than 25% of the U.S. honey bee population has disappeared over the last several winters. This affects many nut, fruits and berry crops – important produce for farmers and food manufacturers, and key ingredients in many of the most popular Häagen-Dazs flavors. The ice cream maker reports that researchers believe causes for the decline in the bee population include:
So what can you as a gardener or concerned citizen do to help the honey bees? First, create a bee-friendly garden with plants that are attractive to honey bees. These include lavender, jasmine, rosemary, violets, thyme, blue bells, wisteria, cone flowers and sunflowers – common perennials and herbs that are easy to grow and add beauty to your garden.
You can also buy local honey and hive products such as beeswax candles – see the National Honey Board’s Honey Locator to find suppliers near you.
An even tastier solution is to support Haagen-Dazs by purchasing Vanilla Honey Bee ice cream, profits from which go to fund research to save the bees. Find a store here — and on May 13, you can try a scoop for free at participating Häagen-Dazs shops between 4-8 pm.
Image courtesy of Häagen-Dazs