Bees Make the Endangered Species List: New Documentary aims to Save the Bees

Bees Make the Endangered Species List: New Documentary aims to Save the Bees
This week, for the first time in recorded history, Bees have been placed on the endangered species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to Matthew Shepherd, spokesman for The Xerces Society (International organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat) the new endangered-species designation ‘is excellent news for Bees’.
In a new Documentary called The Farmer and The Bee, Ken Singh, owner of Singh Farmers in Scottsdale, Arizona says, “Its bees that connect us and without bees – this world would not join.” Bees play a vital role in sustainable food production.  For years, farmers and growers have had an ongoing relationship with Beekeepers.  Bees are an important part of our agricultural cropping system.  And the reason why the plight of Bees across the world has been making headlines is due to the fact Bees are the world’s greatest pollinators. Without them, approximately thirty percent of the world’s crop production and two-thirds of the world’s wild plants would fail.  Much of the publicity so far has been focused on honey bees because their work in pollinating crops makes them economically valuable to humans.   “Native pollinators in the US provide essential pollination services to agriculture which are valued at more than US $9 billion annually,” Eric Lee-Mäder, program director at the Xerces Society, the non-profit organisation that petitioned the US government to label the bees as endangered, he said to CNN.
How is it Bees have survived natural and environmental disasters and have been part of the world’s invisible workforce for over 250 million year?  So why now are they endangered?  It’s because of environmental changes, urban sprawl and the built environment. Humans have created toxic environments and Bees aren’t adapting to these environmental changes. In addition, the effects of climate change are further exacerbating the environmental threats.  
In April 2016, Ortho, a top US manufacturer of lawn and garden pesticides, announced it will phase out products containing the neonicotinoid class of chemicals, the use of which has been linked to a massive decline in honeybee population.  Many scientist and researchers believe that garden and commercial pesticides are the leading cause of declining bee populations.  Back in 2015, the White House issued a report entitled, “National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, which aimed to come up with a system to protect bees and butterflies.  bess-getting-in-the-beehive-725x544 (1) This week’s announcement is a massive step in the right direction – protecting bees and other pollinators – is vital to the survival of the human race.

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Currently, I'm a graduate student at Columbia University in the City of New York majoring in Construction Management + Building Engineering. I completed my master’s degree in Sustainability + Green Building from The School of Sustainability at Arizona State University with an intense interest in Sustainable Building + Design, Renewable Energy and Green Technology. I'm a LEED Green Associate with U.S. Green Building Council and my professional goal is to become a Green Building Construction Project Manager.I want to have a future impact on the technological development of smart cities; sustainable building and design; clean energy and emerging technologies. I'm a LEED Green Associate and Board Member for the U.S. Green Building Council. And, my professional goal is to become a Green Building Construction Project Manager. I love adaptive reuse projects!I served as real estate advisor with Tony Robbins and Suze Orman for two of the best-selling real estate books on the market - "Find it, Fix it, Flip it," and "Ready, Set, Sold."My Green Building design work includes: The New Phoenix Recycling Center: Circular Economy Business Project for the City of Phoenix (RISN), the Rainwater Capture System for the Liberty Wildlife Foundation. I also wrote and produced a documentary, called "The Farmer and The Bee." The film looks at the effects of pesticides on honey bees and colony collapse disorder.

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