Honeybees and only honeybees are the flying creatures that are solely responsible for the cultivation of fruits, nuts and vegetables. The continued existence of honeybees is essential for our continued enjoyment of nuts, not to mention essential vitamins and minerals that are essential to our good health and survival. This is why two Minnesota farmers, Joan and Nick Olson, decided a while back that they were going to farm a thirty three acre spot of land with seven different forms of vegetation growing within the vast farmland. By raising a large and diverse crop of plant life, the Olsons are helping preserve what is left of the dwindling honeybee population, although the two are not technically trained beekeepers.
The two new farmers decided to join and work with the Xerces Society, which is a non-profit organization that helps preserve wildlife. Once the two bee-lovers signed up for the project, they were assigned a biologist that taught the couple how and what to farm in order to attract the greatest number of bees and other pollinating insects. So far, this project is one of the few bee-preservation efforts that is showing positive results.
Although pesticides have been blamed for mass bee deaths, do all experts agree that pesticides were the main culprit? If pesticides did cause mass bee death, then why have bees survived pesticide exposure in the past?