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List of Foods We Will Lose if We Don’t Save the Bees

Christina Sarich
August 2nd, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 7:02 pm
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insect bee dandelion 263x164 List of Foods We Will Lose if We Don’t Save the BeesMany pesticides have been found to cause grave danger to our bees, and with the recent colony collapses in Oregon, it’s time to take a hard look at what we would be missing without bee pollination.

In just the last ten years, over 40% of the bee colonies in the US have suffered Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Bees either become so disoriented they can’t find their way back to their hives and die away from home, or fly back poison-drunk and die at the foot of their queen. There are many arguments as to what is causing CCD, but the most logical and likely culprit is the increased usage of pesticides by the likes of Monsanto and others.

A study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has labeled one pesticide, called clothianidin, as completely unacceptable for use, and banned it from use entirely. Meanwhile, the U.S. uses the same pesticide on more than a third of its crops – nearly 143 million acres. Two more pesticides linked to bee death are imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam. These are also used extensively in the US, while elsewhere, they have been taken out of circulation.

Recently, the FDA also seized Terrence Ingram’s bees, a naturalist who had been studying bees for over 30 years, and had a  colony that was resistant to Monsanto’s Round Up. Ingram’s prized hives, along with their queens, were destroyed by the FDA, and Ingram was given no warning that his bees would be demolished.

List of Crop Plants Pollinated by Bees

While we don’t need bees to pollinate every single crop, here is just a brief list of some of the foods we would lose if all our bees continue to perish:

  • Apples
  • Mangos
  • Rambutan
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Guava
  • Rose Hips
  • Pomegranites
  • Pears
  • Black and Red Currants
  • Alfalfa
  • Okra
  • Strawberries
  • Onions
  • Cashews
  • Cactus
  • Prickly Pear
  • Apricots
  • Allspice
  • Avocados
  • Passion Fruit
  • Lima Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Adzuki Beans
  • Green Beans
  • Orchid Plants
  • Custard Apples
  • Cherries
  • Celery
  • Coffee
  • Walnut
  • Cotton
  • Lychee
  • Flax
  • Acerola – used in Vitamin C supplements
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Goa beans
  • Lemons
  • Buckwheat
  • Figs
  • Fennel
  • Limes
  • Quince
  • Carrots
  • Persimmons
  • Palm Oil
  • Loquat
  • Durian
  • Cucumber
  • Hazelnut
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tangelos
  • Coriander
  • Caraway
  • Chestnut
  • Watermelon
  • Star Apples
  • Coconut
  • Tangerines
  • Boysenberries
  • Starfruit
  • Brazil Nuts
  •  Beets
  • Mustard Seed
  • Rapeseed
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage)
  • Turnips
  • Congo Beans
  • Sword beans
  • Chili peppers, red peppers, bell peppers, green peppers
  • Papaya
  • Safflower
  • Sesame
  • Eggplant
  • Raspberries
  • Elderberries
  • Blackberries
  • Clover
  • Tamarind
  • Cocoa
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Vanilla
  • Cranberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes

If one of your favorites is on this list, you should consider becoming a bee activist.

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  • Jacqueleen

    An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Keep the bees….keep nature at its best. Ban the toxic pesticides and gmo’s. Growers, stand up and be counted….we want organic produce at reasonable prices. Thank you.

  • Ann

    I agree with Debi. Labelling of GMO Products is just NOT Enough.
    We have to BAN all GMO’s , Pesticides, Herbicides, Antibiotics, Hormones, Additives, Dyes, and Everything that is Contaminating ALL Living Matter on this Planet.
    Nature had it Perfect for us and Satanic, Greedy Organizations have contaminated this Planet. This is the very reason that Disease is on the rise. Of course, the rise in disease is exactly what BIG PHARMA wants to happen. They can push more Drugs and fill their astronomically Rich Coffers at the expense of our health.
    Why have we become so STUPID and why do we turn a Blind Eye to what is happening.
    We have to do as God and Nature intended for us – NOT follow SATAN and his army of Biotechnical Companies, BIG PHARMA and all other members of his army that is Disrupting and Killing Life!

    • celiayounger

      there are HUGE COMPANIES and many of them that will opposed to all intervention. There are trillions involved in these industries. They will never get rid of this pesticides even knowing is destroying the earth … it will have a change reaction that no one will be able to stop. Like in 2007-08 were not able to stop all the stupid things the banks did for years and years, and when the damage is done it will affect to all of us, including them.

  • AvaChava

    Amazing how people comment without actually having read the article.
    We have a number of friends who raise bees. There is nothing quite
    like natural, local honey for a wide variety of reasons and health
    concerns. Domestic bees are a remarkable resource that we would
    be lost without. Thanks for a sobering wake-up call. No matter how
    big or small, we all need to do our part to solve the problems…

  • Kaleta

    I am doing all that I can…but my philosophy is always…’let it fall where it may’…if we have no power to change it. It is what it is…and I refuse to ‘pray’ about it..etc… I’m a doer…so show me what to do..and I will do it…but if we are talking about lobbyists…that are pushing the pesticides..that kill our beloved bees…well, where are the fruit growers in all this???? Where is their lobby..for what is right and moral..and making sure we have what we need to survive as a species???? When will you, Mike Adams report on that??? You’ve got all the negative here..but where is the other side?? or is this all your public is wishing to read…death and destruction issues????

  • drunken sailor

    Permanently ban Monsanto ! They are the source of most contamination of both people and crops, according to many reports !!!


    Screw saving the bees! They sting! Also, I don’t care for fruit that much

  • kik

    These are foods, which correlate with money, which is where the trail always leads back to. There's nothing on the list about native plants or flowers in general. I wish we could spray something on Monsanto's Chief officers. Maybe we could get Dorothy and Toto to throw water on them and make them melt. I agree with GMO labeling in the short run and GMO eradication as the permanent fix, for that dilemma at least.

  • kate

    Hi guys. I am a bit confused. Roundup is a herbicide, ie it kills plants (so is used to kill weeds, tho it will kill a wide range of other plants too). I didn't know it harmed bees at all? In fact I was not aware it killed insects as a rule, tho I can believe that it might…. many PESTICIDES kill bees. Are you getting confused?

  • Debi

    Interesting… So if Mr. Ingram had hives resistant to pecticides, would this correlate to higher production of honey and contamination from the GMO crops??? This would be a primary reason that Monsanto and friends would want his valuable hives.
    Although, It they were resistant…. I for one would not want to eat that honey.
    This country needs to ban GMO crops PERIOD.
    And the people who want a LABEL on GMO had better wise up to the fact that in a matter of years, even your little LABEL on organic produce will be contaminated by GMO and the insects and bees that have mastered the art of survival of the fittest.