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Growing Across the Globe
By: Admin    April 12 2018 , 01:16 pm
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Category: World , Agriculture
Agriculture informs culture.Without agriculture, we would not have civilizations and would still be roaming around “hunter-gatherer” style.Across the world, different civilizations began in various geographical locations. Geography determined what crops they could grow, where they could be grown, and who could grow them. Specific practices and challenges began to form around the planting and harvesting of food. Today, international trade and science have greatly advanced what people grow, when they can grow it, and where they can grow it. Even so, you can still see the fascinating differences in local farming and gardening around the globe.KenyaIn the country of Kenya in Africa, there is no time for leisurely gardening.With scarce water, Kenya’s crops are grown strictly for livestock, profit, and community food. Many of the crops that are grown today in Kenya are foreign-introduced crops such as ...
Protecting Your Bees During Winter
By: Admin    December 05 2017 , 02:09 pm
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Category: Seasons , DIY
Keep Your Industrious Hives Safe through the ColdProper preparations for winter can protect your bees during the frigid months to come. With some proactive planning, beekeepers can protect their hives and help them thrive through the winter.Why Do Bees Die in the Winter?Whether it is freezing temperatures, lack of food stores, or deadly diseases, bees have a hard time during the colder months.There are numerous reasons hives will suffer over the winter. Rapid drops in temperature can kill bees before they make it back to the safety of their warm cluster in their hives. Excess moisture in hives can collect and drip down on the bees, and when temperatures get cold enough, the damp bees will freeze to death. Bees’ food stores can dwindle, mice can invade the hives, and deadly diseases or pests such as varroa mites or small hive beetles can infest a hive. Luckily there are ways to protect your hive ...
Tag: bees , winter , pests
Preserving the Pollinators: Are Pesticides Really Harmful to Bees?
By: Admin    August 28 2017 , 11:32 am
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Bees pollinate one out of three bites of food that we eat. All humans eat, so all humans should be aware of the current dangers to bee health. In 1945 there were over 4.5 million bee hives in the world. A 30% decrease each year in beehives has left us with only 2 million hives. Yet there has been a 300% increase in crops that require bee pollination since World War II. In areas of the world where there are limited numbers of bees, farmers now painstakingly pollinate their crops by hand. Over fifty types of fruits and vegetables depend upon bees for pollination, including almonds, berries, apples, celery, mustard, sweet potatoes, and watermelon.Pesticides: A Silent Threat?Some of the threats to bee health include diseases, parasites, and pesticides. There are many organizations, such as Bayer Bee, working to preserve the pollinators of our nations. Diseases and parasites like the varroa mite are the num...