Our human ‘civilized’ consciousness has the tendency to disassociate with insects, fear them, hate them, feel disgust towards them and then occasionally appreciate them when they are a beautiful butterfly or a charming ladybug…or nowadays, the incredibly vital honeybee.
Ever stopped and really thought about these stinging, buzzing fuzzy yellow flying creatures? Honeybees flit from flower to flower while you’re busy going about your day and meanwhile pollinate, build, process, cooperate, and ultimately, as a result of their natural mode of operation on the planet are deeply responsible for much of the fabulous variety of fresh produce we consume. In fact, without them, our supermarket shelves might become quite sparse.
Compelled by this question and driven by the desire to inspire consumers to become aware of the very serious concern of bee colony collapse, Whole Foods asked the question, ‘What would the supermarket look like if there were no bees?”
Hereare the startling results:
This startling demonstration really makes the vital importance of bees perfectly clear. The University Heights Rhode Island Whole Foods location removed every piece of produce that would hypothetically not be produced if it weren’t for the pollination done by honeybees. Around 52% of the produce present would not be possible without bees.
Honeybees can be credited with pollinating a huge variety of plants that are commonly sought and eaten food staples in diets the world across and without the health and unhindered natural behavior of bee colonies, humans would certainly feel the effects with a dramatic decrease in fresh food options.
It can be noted thatwithout bee pollination none of the following produce would be available: apples,onions, avocados, carrots, mangoes, lemons, limes, honeydew, cantaloupe,zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, cucumbers, celery, green onions,cauliflower, leeks, bok choy, kale, broccoli, broccoli rabe and mustard greens.
We must keep in mindthat for this project, only fresh fruits and vegatables were removed to make avisual point but consider that many processed and packaged offerings would beunavailable as well; and this is only considering the perspective of theeffects of bee population damage to humans. We must understand that bees, as all creatures, are autonomous beingsand do not exist for our benefit solely and our actions and the effects theyhave upon the planet must be transformed.
As part of the effort to support bee colony vitality, Whole Foods also initiated a complimentary program called ‘Share the Buzz’ which educated shoppers with insights on which foods are supportive to bee life as well as practices for avoiding toxic pest management which is harmful to bees, you can learn more about that project here.