These So-Called “Bee Friendly Seeds” From Cheerios May End Up Doing More Harm Than Good, Scientist Warns
By now you probably know all about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the declining bee populations, and may have even have heard that some companies are trying to do something about it. Unfortunately, some of those actions may end up doing more harm than good.
First, a refresher on CCD: Bees are dying out across the world. In 2014, for instance, the US lost 40% of commercial bee colonies, and in 2016 there were more colonies showing signs of CCD than not, according to the USDA.
More and more scientists suspect this the result of a combination of factors, including insecticides, pesticides, loss of biodiversity, and lack of forage.
While most big food companies continue to deny the first two factors, a few are trying to address the latter factors. For instance, Cheerios (the cereal brand owned by General Mills, and whose mascot is a bee) offered this year to send wildflower packets to any customer who wants them, declaring 2017 the year to "Bring Back the Bees."
Unfortunately, it appears Cheerios didn't do their research, as planting those wildflowers in some areas could actually do harm.
The seeds included? Forget-Me-Not (two types), wallflower, poppy (California orange and corn), coneflower, aster (China and New England), coreopsis (two types), flax, baby blue-eyes, gilia, Indian blanket, tidy-tips, sweet alyssum, hyssop, daisy, and bergamot.
Some of those are invasive, depending on where you live, or may even be banned; for instance, forget-me-nots are banned in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and California poppy is considered an invasive species in most of the southeast.
We've written repeatedly about better ways you can protect bees, but Alt Health Works has some good suggestions here, as well.
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These So-Called “Bee Friendly Seeds” From Cheerios May End Up Doing More Harm Than Good, Scientist Warns Reviewed by matt on 22:23:00 Rating: