About bee protection and bee mortality
Every year, the number of wild bees decreases significantly, due to epidemics or because their habitat disappears, and that is not good news, including for humans, because bees are some the most important pollinators. A declining bee population results in a decline in biodiversity. Consequently, food for humans will be in jeopardy.
How humans are endangering the lives of bees:
Pesticides are often dumped on plants en masse. During the last few years, origanizations have made a big effort to make pesticides less damaging for nature, but they still have destructive consequences for the bee population.
Because of modern farming techniques using artificial insemination, the genetic diversity of bee species is disappearing. The genetically manipulated bees supply more honey, but this is disastrous for the diversity among the species and, in the long term, also for evolution and bee survival rates.
Meli tries to do its share to contribute to the maintenance of nature and the bees. For example, we are decreasing our climate impact by generating energy using solar panels on the roof and we have installed five gigantic bee hotels in Flemish nature centres. In addition, we also gave away five smaller bee hotels and we provide flower seeds for consumers to encourage them to do their share on behalf of the bees.