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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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    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.