Ways businesses can help save the bees in York

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Now that the weather is warmer and the plants are blooming, you hopefully will see bees everywhere, trying to pollinate vegetables, flowers and other plants. However, a massive decline in bees from the past few years means you might not see as many as before.

How can you bring these bees back to not only help them thrive, but your garden, too? Get businesses involved.

There are a few ways that a business can help local farmers and gardeners fix the bee situation:

  • Plant foliage. Use the businesses’ green spaces to plant bee-friendly flowers, which also will make your facade inviting, too.
  • Opt out of harmful pesticides. There have been studies done that pesticides might be part of the problem of colony collapse disorder and bee deaths. Try to avoid using pesticides to help with weeding and other problems, and try to take a more natural approach.
  • Support sustainable agriculture. Buy local for workplace events and support local, organic farmers. These farmers thrive off of bee pollination and help to save the bees, so supporting their efforts helps the overall cause.
  • Reduce carbon emissions. Whether or not carbon emissions directly affects bees, it is a good practice to reduce them, in order to save the Earth and protect the health of humans and animals.
  • Get involved. Whether this means to host fundraisers, give money for research or hand out packets of wildflower seeds, get your business involved in these aspects of outreach.

How are you helping the bees? Will you use any of these tips for your business? 

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Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University, is a York City dweller and has been vegetarian and geek for more than five years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie

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