April 17, 2017
One satisfying feature of Westfalia travel is the ability to bring a trove of ingredients and cook up an amazing array of delectable meals. But wait — what if I said you were no longer able to carry a full third of your stock with you on your next trip out to the country? [Hint: It’s got nothing to do with hauling capability]
Actually, it’s because over 30% of all fruits and vegetables that make up our diet are now at risk due to the loss of pollinators from the agricultural cycle. A wide variety of animals are facing habitat depletion, but some of the most direct consequences for humans will come from losing bees.
As we mentioned earlier, the leading theory is that Neonicotinoids, or “neonics”, are primarily responsible for the mass death and exodus of North American bees from their natural environment, in a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder.
So what do we stand to lose, exactly?
Well, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 90% of our food supply relies on approximately 100 crop species, and a whopping 71 of these depend on bees for pollination. If this already seems scary, keep in mind that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently confirmed the first endangered bee species in North America; the rusty-patched bumble bee.
Do you think your diet would be affected from the loss of bees? Take a look at these recipes below and see if you want to put pollinator health back on the table.
Coffee & A Snack
Do you require an early-morning or midday espresso to catch a buzz? Well, hopefully you’re doing your part to support apiaries near coffee farmers, as these beans are raised by busy workers that flit across fields to ensure your cup of joe helps get you through the day.
Want a side order? Before you order the brownie or macadamia cookie, keep in mind that many nuts, preserves, and yes, even cocoa flowers rely on pollinators to produce the tasty treats we take for granted.
Though bees are tiny, the effect they have on your meal is huge. Were you hoping to enjoy a hot bowl of okra, roasted potatoes, and steamed broccoli? Make sure you count those hives with your blessings, because pollinators are responsible for a plethora of vegetables that make it to our plate.
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