You may have noticed the diminishing number of bees buzzing around as you stroll around the neighborhood. Or you may not see as many butterflies as when you were a child. This growing phenomenon presents a wide variety of issues to our health and welfare and for those generations that follow.
Globally, honey bees and other pollinators help to produce approximately $170 billion in crops. Over the past 15 years, bee colonies have been disappearing in what is known as the "colony collapse disorder," according to National Geographic. Some regions have seen losses of up to 90%, the publication reported.
Between Oct. 1, 2018, and April 1, 2019, 37.7% of the managed honey bee population -- colonies kept by commercial beekeepers -- declined, which is 7 percentage points more than the same time frame during the 2017-2018 winter, according to preliminary data from the Bee Informed Partnership, a nonprofit associated with the University of Maryland.
Because of this marked decline AND their critical importance to the production of the food that sustains us, My Yoga Essentials has decided to give 5% of our net profits to the Pollinator Partnership (pollinator.org). Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Since 1997 this organization has accomplished much (see their accomplishments) and with our help and support, we can ensure that honeybees and other important pollinators, like butterflies, hummingbirds and bats, can continue to serve their critical role for many more years to come!
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