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Every year in September, bars, restaurants, spirit stores, cocktail fans and environmental stewards come together to celebrate pollinators and raise awareness about their importance to our planet and wellbeing.
During Bee’s Knees Week, the simple act of enjoying a refreshing Barr Hill Bee’s Knees cocktail helps protect pollinators! Here’s how it works:
Almost 90% of all flowering plants and approximately 30% of our food crops depend on animal pollinators. 1 in every 3 bites of food you take depends on pollinators, with honeybees alone pollinating more than 90 different food crops we rely on. In the United States, honeybee pollination produces over $20 billion worth of products annually.
Bee’s are one of humanity’s special connection points with nature and their role as pollinators affects our entire ecosystem and the delicate balance of life on this planet - well beyond just the effect on food crops.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), harmful pesticides, mono-cropping in our agricultural industry, varroa mites and other pests all have a large impact on honeybee populations. Also, on a smaller scale, a fear of bees despite their relatively docile nature drives people to kill them and destroy their habitat. According to Bee Informed, over 40% of honeybee colonies in the US were lost in 2021-22.
You may have heard of Colony Collapse Disorder - what is it? CCD is the sudden mass disappearance of the majority of worker bees in a colony. While the causes are still debated, many possible causes or contributing factors have been proposed, such as diseases, pathogens, pesticides, and changes in habitat. CCD was first reported in the US in 2006 - shocking beekeepers nationwide and initiating intense research into the interconnected roots of the problem.
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