How Farmers Can Help Bees

The bee population around the world has declined dramatically over the years. In 2019, National Geographic reported a decline of almost 40% in the honey bee population compared to the previous year. US beekeepers reported high colony loss rates between April 2020 and April 2021, approximately 45.5% of the managed honey bee colonies were lost. 

Bees play a crucial role in maintaining food security. Indeed, bees are one of the greatest pollinators in the food industry, contributing to the pollination of over a third of the plants that produce 90% of global food. Without bees, there would potentially not be an alternative. 

Additionally, bees are instrumentation to sustainable farming, increasing agricultural produce and quality while making plants resistant to pests. Finally, they also act as active agents of environmental protection and biodiversity preservation. 

Therefore, it makes sense for farmers to introduce bee-friendly solutions that can help reduce the decline in the bee population worldwide. 

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GMOs actually could help bees survival

GMOs are often a controversial topic in the farming industry, often blamed for the huge decline in the bee population. However, the farming reality is different. Contrary to common belief, GMOs are not responsible for bee death. On the contrary, they may contribute to greater survival in the bee colonies. Indeed, GMOs require fewer harmful chemicals and insecticides, making them essentially safer for bees than organic or non-GMO farming. We can expect in the long term science to help support the bee population through genetic modifications of both plants and bees. 

So, while farmers may be the first to experiment with GMO crops, bees could benefit in the future from a similar boost to improve their survival rate. 

Hay can support the bee population

Hay comes in many forms and shapes. More and more farmers are considering using plants that are bee-friendly to produce hay. It’s worth considering hay bales that come from a bee-conscious environment, so you know you are supporting bee colonies. 

Alternatively, you can also create your own cattle hay using bee-friendly plants. 

Farmers can provide shelters for bees

A variety of factors contribute to the death of bees, including the destruction of their habitat by human infrastructure. Yet, farmers can play an active role in the protection and preservation of bees by providing adequate support. 

Indeed, shelters can make a huge difference in the survival rates. Unlike honey bees that build wax, native bees require safe nesting places in dead trees, the ground, or even abandoned burrows. Providing an area with sufficient sheltering options in the close vicinity of crops and flowering plants can help more bees survive. 

Farmers can also educate

If you directly sell to consumers at a market or through a farm shop, it’s the perfect opportunity to educate them about your bee preservation activities. Helping people understand the importance of bees can also drive an interest in supporting your action. 

Bees are often killed out of fear by individuals who are worried about getting stung. Educating your customers could make a huge difference in supporting the bee population. 

The complex bond between farming and bees is a difficult subject to explain in a few minutes. However, the farming industry understands the role of pollinators better than anyone else. Introducing protective solutions to keep pollinators safe starts now for the future of the planet. 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint In Everyday Life

With the world as it is more people need to start doing something to rescue their carbon footprint and become more eco-friendly to help reduce the damage that is being done to the planet. For a lot of people, they are already doing something to help be more eco-friendly and reduce their carbon footprint but for others, they may not know where to start or what can actually be done to make a difference. The first thing you should know is that you can have an impact, many people think they won’t have an impact but this collective mindset is the problem, if you can start then someone else may notice and also try and so on.

 

If you are looking to rescue your carbon footprint but you are unsure where to start or you are looking for more ideas, then hopefully, these tips will help you to understand what you can do to be more eco-aware and reduce the impact that you are having on the planet.

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Recycle and reuse

One of the easiest and best places to start with reducing your carbon footprint is with how you dispose of your waste. More and more people are trying to recycle which is a great start but you should look to reduce the waste you are creating, this can be done with reusable water bottles, using reusable straws etc. there are lots of things you can now get to rescue how much plastic and waste you are creating. If you cannot reuse things then make sure you are recycling them correctly, too much goes to landfills that could have just been recycled and this can have such a big impact on the planet. You should also look to try and donate items you no longer want instead of just tossing it out. If you can try to fix things too instead of replacing them this can help to cut down your waste and make sure you are recycling better. 

Switch to sustainable energy

Renewable energy has a lot less impact on our planet than fossil fuels so switching to sustainable energy is going to help really make an impact on the world. This can be done in a few ways, you can find an energy provider that uses renewable energy for their power or you could make your home solar powered. Both choices will help to rescue your carbon footprint but both have different costs. As normal with paying for your power, you will be billed as normal for the power you use. 

However, making your home solar powered is more of an investment, you can purchase the solar panels and get connected for an initial cost, then you are going to be only using your solar energy to power your home and batteries should you get them for backup. You can also make money off of the solar to help recoup costs, this is done by putting any energy not used back into the power grid for other providers to use who will actually pay you for doing so, which means you can make your money back and reduce your carbon footprint.

Switch things off

If you tend to leave appliances on or on standby they are still going to be drawing power unless switched off by the plug. Even if you have a phone charger plugged in and it isn’t being used it will still be drawing some power so make sure you switch off all your devices and appliances when you are not using them, and make sure you do not have things set to standby, although this can be convenient it will still be costing you money and increasing your carbon footprint. This goes for your lights as well, a lot of people tend to go room to room and just leave the lights on, try and turn them off when you leave a room and then back on if you reenter it, this may seem minor but can help reduce your bill and your carbon footprint.

If you struggle to remember to switch off plugs or devices then getting smart tech like some smart bulbs and plugs can really help with this as you can switch them off and on with your phone and see what lights are on giving you more control over them. You can also set timers up and things like that to help make sure that things are getting switched off when they need to be.

If you struggle to reduce your carbon footprint or you are unsure how you can reduce it or go greener in your daily life, then these tips should help you to understand what you can do to be more eco-friendly and reduce the impact you are having on the planet.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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3 Ways To Cut Your Carbon Footprint This Winter

 

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The winter period is the coldest of the year, yet it’s the warmest in terms of how many carbon emissions are sent into the atmosphere. As a society, we’ve gotten into the habit of creating massive carbon footprints when the nights draw in. You can already think of a couple of main reasons for this, the key one being the weather. As it gets colder, we see the need to turn our thermostats up, blasting the heating for hours on end. This creates a large carbon footprint, and you can imagine how devastating this is when you factor in every household that does the same thing. 

Thankfully, there are some simple ideas that will help you cut your carbon footprint and live a more eco-friendly life this coming winter. Here’s what you should do:

Wrap up warm

Put your winter clothes on and wrap up nice and warm when the temperature drops. Throwing on some jumpers and an extra layer or two will negate the need to turn your heating on now and then. At the very least, you can turn it to a lower setting, minimizing your carbon footprint. 

This is also applicable when you’re in your car. You will drive more in the winter, and you will also have the heating on full blast. By wrapping up warm and wearing gloves and a coat in the car, you won’t need to turn the heating on as often. Less energy is used in your car, which reduces the emissions. 

Upgrade your insulation

A lot of our homes aren’t built to withstand the cold weather. Instead, they’re built to deal with the hotter months of the year, keeping us cool. So, when the cold season is upon us, our homes leak so much heat and keep us cold. 

You can prevent this by upgrading your home’s insulation. Get some spray foam insulation in your attic and between your walls, trapping more heat inside your property. The less heat that escapes, the better. Once more, this prevents the need to turn your heating on and waste energy. 

Close doors and windows

Another tactic to reduce your carbon footprint is by keeping doors and windows closed as much as possible. Closing the living room door will trap heat inside that room, and the same goes for other rooms in your home. When all the doors are open, heat dissipates throughout the house, making you feel colder. 

The same goes for your windows as well – if they’re open, you get the benefit of fresh air, but the downside of coldness entering your home and heat leaving it. You should open your windows briefly to let your home ventilate, but keep them shut for most of the day to retain as much heat in your home as you can. 

See, you really don’t have to do anything drastic to reduce your carbon footprint this winter. It’s mainly about figuring out how to use less energy during your daily routine. This means keeping your heating off – or at as low a setting as possible. 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Reasons To Be Environmentally Friendly

We all know that being more environmentally friendly and aware of how we live in terms of being green is essential, but what this entails may not be quite so obvious. We all know it’s great for the environment, as expert Stephen Troese Jr. says, but what else? Is there anything else? The answer is yes, so read on to find out more. 

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Help With Climate Change 

Human activity all around the world has had a significant effect on climate change, and we can see this in many ways, including a rise in severe weather conditions occurring worldwide. These conditions include so-called ‘superstorms,’ increasing water levels, and melting ice glaciers. The only way to stop and, in the best scenario, reverse this trend is for everyone to become much more environmentally conscious.

 

For Future Generations 

If the present global population isn’t careful and doesn’t become more environmentally friendly, there will not be enough resources left for future generations, which is unfair and highly selfish. So another reason it’s so critical to protect the environment is for our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many more future generations. It doesn’t matter whether you have children or not or even if you’re not planning to have any – it’s still essential to ensure that future generations live as well as possible.

 

Reduce Pollution 

The earth is badly contaminated thanks to pollution. To some degree, the air, soil, and water are all polluted, which is having a detrimental impact on the population’s health. The more trash that accumulates, the worse the issue gets, and therefore it is critical that pollution be minimized as much as possible. When we understand where the things we throw out go and the effect it has on the environment, we can begin to think more clearly about recycling and reusing instead of throwing away.

 

Save Money 

While becoming green is beneficial for the environment, there are some personal advantages as well, one of which is that you will save money on your energy costs. Energy-efficient lightbulbs, for example, are much less expensive to use than conventional lights and last significantly longer. Installing solar panels can allow you to save money on your energy costs too. 

 

Help the Local Economy 

If you’re going green, you’ll want to buy more locally since you won’t be traveling as far (or at all) or using polluting public transportation. That’s fantastic for the local economy. You can support the local economy by shopping at farmers’ markets and independent stores, for example. Because there will be more investment in parks and play areas, schools, walkways, and other community initiatives, more of your money will remain in your town and help it grow and become a better place to live.

 

You’ll Feel Less Stressed 

The condition of the world may be a source of stress and concern for you, just as it is for many other people. If you can do something about it, even if it seems like something very little and perhaps even insignificant, you will feel a lot better and be able to relax a bit more. Those little things build up quickly, particularly if many people are all doing their best to make these critical changes. 

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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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4 Home Exterior Tips To Help You Live A Green Lifestyle

Sustainability is a priority for a lot of people when they are designing and managing their homes. If you want to reduce your impact on the planet, it’s always best to start at home and make some simple changes. But we always tend to focus on the inside of the home and forget about the exterior. Even though you are still making a positive impact by switching to LED lights or cutting back on plastic, you should also address some of the exterior issues too if you want to reduce your impact even further. These are some of the best home exterior projects to make your home more sustainable. 

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Rethink Your Lighting Choices

It’s always good to have some lighting outside of your home. It acts as a brilliant security deterrent and it makes the place look nice too. In the summer, you need lighting if you want to sit outside in the evenings. But you should rethink your lighting choices if you want to create a more eco-friendly home exterior. Instead of using standard lights, why not look into solar powered options. You can find some heavy duty outdoor solar lighting on this site and if you make the switch, you can reduce your energy use in a big way. Using LED, solar powered lighting in your garden will allow you to be more sustainable without having to make any sacrifices in terms of the quality of light. 

Buy Sustainable Garden Furniture

We’re all trying to cut back on the plastic we use at home, but people often forget about things like garden furniture. A lot of garden furniture is made using plastic, which is bad news because the items are large and difficult to recycle. If you already have plastic furniture, you should try to keep it in good condition and use it for as long as possible. When it does come time to replace it, make sure you go for sustainable wooden options. If you feel confident enough, you could even make your own garden furniture out of old pallet crates. Using reclaimed wood and building it yourself is about as sustainable as you can get. 

Source Sustainable Fence Materials

Your garden fence is a practical fixture that gives you privacy, creates a safe space for children and pets, and makes the space look nice. Most people don’t think about the sustainability of their fence because it’s made from wood and they assume that wood is always sustainable. However, just because it’s not plastic, that doesn’t mean it’s sustainable. Whenever you buy wood, it’s important to check where it has been sourced from so you can be sure that it has been handled responsibly. 

Build A Compost Bin

Finding ways to put your food waste to good use is a brilliant way to live a greener lifestyle. The most obvious way to do this is to make it into compost, so why not build a compost bin in the garden? You could just buy one but a lot of them are made with plastic, and that defeats the whole point of trying to be more eco-friendly in the first place. 

 

If you are trying to live a sustainable lifestyle, don’t forget about these great home exterior projects.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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