Can Social Networking Save the Bees? Let's Hope So Because Nearly 1/3 of the World's Food Supply Depends On It


photo: Zenzi
Häagen-Dazs has long made saving endangered bees a mission. And that’s no small feat, considering that nearly one third of the world’s food supply is dependant on an extremely vulnerable bee population. Now Haagen-Dazs and ExperienceProject.com are working together to save these bees through a number of social networking projects.Haagen-Dazs and ExperienceProject.com are combining their efforts, along with the power of social networking, in a fight to save endangered bees. As you may remember, I wrote about Colony Collapse Disorder last year.

Although experts are unsure of why honeybee colonies are collapsing, pesticides, climate change, and other human impacts are among the suspected causes. The loss of these crucial pollinators is alarming. Without them the world food supply, including fruits, vegetables, flowers, other plants, and trees, could pretty much dry up.

As honeybees vanish, the US Forest Service (USFS) also has concerns about the decline in bumblebees, including two species that have already gone extinct. According to the USFS, the public can help to protect these pollinators by being careful about what type of insecticides they choose to use and by reducing the amount of chemicals used in gardening and lawn maintenance.

Recently, several social networking projects have joined in the fight to save these pollinators: The Plant a Flower Help a Honey Bee Challenge, Help The Honey Bees Facebook Application, and the 7-Day Go Natural Challenge.

Plant a Flower Help a Honey Bee Challenge
Help the Honey Bees by taking a picture of yourself planting a flower and uploading it to one of the social media platforms. You could win a year's supply of Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

Help The Honey Bees Facebook Application
Support the bees by starting a honeybee revolution via Facebook. Find out more information on how to help by joining a Facebook group like I Want to Help the Honey Bees, I Love Ice Cream, or I Love Honey.

7-Day Go Natural Challenge
The Häagen-Dazs brand and the Experience Project are challenging participants to eat all natural foods for seven days. Häagen-Dazs is offering a 75 cent coupon to all participants who purchase certain Häagen-Dazs products, such as Häagen-Dazs all-natural ice cream. I must say this one seems a bit ridiculous because I can think of many more foods more natural than mass produced ice cream but the idea is good. There will be First Prize gift certificates for 3,000 participants, selected at random, who complete the Häagen-Dazs 7-Day Go Natural Challenge. Each gift certificate is good for one 4 oz. single serve ice cream cup. In addition, participants who complete the 7-Day Challenge will qualify for a chance to win certificates good for a 1-year supply of Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

Join any, or all, of the Save the Bees Challenges and learn more here.

Story Via: Zenzi
More on Saving the Bees:
Vaccinating With Remembee Against Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
Photo Essay: Bees and Beekeepers In Crisis
More "Save the Bees" Success: What Can Other Environmental Campaigners Learn?

Tags: Bees | Endangered Species