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Our Bees Are in Danger! Learn How You Can Help.

Patricia is very concerned about the bees, and is doing everything in her power to protect them.
The articles & video below desribe some of many dangers threatening our bees.

Building Honey Bees ‘Super Safe Highways’ is Vital to America!

“Everyone can help save our Bees!”
By Dr. Patricia Bragg, World Health Crusader

Santa Barbara, California – “Planting safe ‘Bee Highways’ in our neighborhoods and across America sounds like a ‘cute’ and ‘quaint’ idea until you realize that without bees, crops such as apples, avocados, grapes, cotton, almonds and many others soon may completely disappear,” said Dr. Patricia Bragg, CEO of Bragg Live Food Products in Santa Barbara, Ca. an international organic health company.

Last year beekeepers across America lost a whopping 44% of their bee colonies, due to increased air pollution, pesticides and urban development. Many crops and 75% of all flowering plants need the help of pollinators to survive. The most prolific pollinators of all, of course, are honey bees. Government officials say last year’s terrible death toll among bees will cost American consumers more than $15 billion in lost fruit and vegetable crops.

“We are not only killing bees, we are killing ourselves!” said Dr. Bragg, whose father, Dr. Paul C. Bragg, was the originator of health food stores in America in 1912.  “Creating safe Bee Highways across the country and then around the world is critical! So, let’s get started.  Everyone can help save our miracle-working bees!”
These highways of life for the bees can be created on rooftop gardens, in front lawns, in back yards, on balconies, public parks and along roadways. These should be grown organically, with no pesticide use.

Dr. Bragg is mounting a campaign to encourage everyone to squeeze in a few flower containers, or plant a row in the garden, or devote entire gardens to bees.  Even a pot on the porch will help the Bee Highway grow. You can also work with your community to devote to bees a patch in the parks or along roadways or fences, according to Dr. Bragg.

Bee supporters are planning to rally in Washington to gather support for bee habitat and to protest increased use of deadly pesticides, which are killing bees. Their efforts are being opposed by pesticide manufacturers like Monsanto and Dow Chemical, including the popular insect killer, Roundup.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bragg urges all Americans to swing into action by helping to build the connecting safe bee roads, which allow the bee colonies to visit enough flowers to spread the pollen and get enough nectar to survive.  Bees feast on summer flowers such as bottle brush, Echinacea, snapdragons, roses, foxglove, honeysuckle, bee balm and other flowers. In the fall, they like zinnias, sedum, asters, winter bloom, and goldenrod. Wild lilac, hyacinth, crocus and calendula are great in the spring.  An added bonus is that butterflies also will love to cruise these protected bee highways.

“It’s time for all of us to help the bees get back on the healthy road!” said Dr. Bragg.  

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We keep seven Langstroth hives at our home, on 2.2 acres. Our property has 61 organic fruit trees, many berries and about 3,000 sq ft of vegetables, which we mostly donate to the local charity of our choice. Of our seven hives, only three survived the winter, and they are very healthy � with queens imported from Australia, where they do not have a varoa mite infestation. We use no chemicals on our bees. Two days ago, a big tanker truck pulled up next to our property. Our next door neighbor had called in an arborist to have her spray all his Japanese maple trees for caterpillers (we�ve never had a caterpillar infestation, however, according to organic principles, we apply �tanglefoot� at the base of our trees, and spray with lime-sulphur. I�m going to try some Top Bar Hives and see how they do.

When I asked the technician what kind of spray she was about to apply on the other side of our fence, she said it was �Success.� �It�s organic,� she said, but added, �Well. the carrier is not." Suspicious, I looked up this �Success� chemical online, and found that indeed it is a pesticide that is hazardous to bees. And the cautionary label reads, �Do not use around foraging bees.� How do you tell foraging bees not to fly when people are spraying?

We requested the pesticide person to come back the next day after we would put a temporary block on our hives to prevent our honey bees from getting sprayed. However, what about the bumblebees, mason bees and pollinating birds that get �Success"-ed? These are the situations that beekeepers and gardeners are faced with in both urban and rural settings, and it�s not of our choosing. There ought to be a law, right?

I love my bees, whom I address daily, �Hi Girls! Howya doing?� Bees are very sensitive to people�s vibrations and intentions. I�ve only been stung twice in four years, and that was when bees had crawled up my pant leg and got squished by mistake. I find them very gentle, so long as you treat them gently and with respect. After all, bees pollinate a third or more our food supply. And we also get the rewards of their labor in the form of delicious honey and beeswax. They're pretty amazing.


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