BANGOR- Thanksgiving is around the corner and many people are buzzing with excitement, but with bees on the decline, many ingredients that make up our favorite dishes are being threatened.
“In the winter of 2017-2018, Maine actually lost over 50% of their bee population,” said Anya Fetcher, the state director of Environment Maine. “This doesn’t just affect honeybees, it affects native bees, which the blueberry industry relies on.”
Sunday afternoon, people visiting the Bangor Farmers Market had a chance to learn about the effects the decreasing bee population has on agriculture and about what’s being done to stop it.
“I sponsored legislation for next session in order to remove the most toxic of the of neonicotinoids pesticides, the ones that are most persistent and most lethal to bees and butterflies,” said Representative Nicole Grohoski.
Recipes inside the food containers on the table showed what would be left to cook with if bees weren’t around.
For example, cranberry sauce would just be ginger and some sugar.
“These neonics target the brain similar to the way nicotine targets the human brain,” Fetcher explained. “It slows them down. It actually effects their navigation skills and reproductive skills and actually inhibits their immune system.”
This group of pesticides has already been banned in the UK and Canada.
“We need to think about this as not just there’s a few fewer bees out there, but at the end of the day, if we don’t have our bees, we don’t have our food,” Fetcher said.
To learn more, you can go to Environment Maine’s website.