Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

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Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
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Picture courtesy of Finger Lakes Land Trust

Following on from the information I gave you the day before yesterday, (you can go find it in the Calendar and read it.) I would like to talk today to start off with about Honey Bee’s. My step-daughter studied about them at School. Have you noticed how expensive Honey has gotten?

Well, they make honey, and honey’s nice, but that’s not all. There is a reason that honey suddenly got so expensive. According to the BBC, approximately one third of the world’s food supply comes from crops which rely primarily on insects for pollination and globally the most prolific and dependable pollinator for around 70 major crops is the humble honeybee. Without the bee, the world’s population, including us, would be in real danger of starvation.

Globally, the bee population is declining. In fact, the word some people are using is ‘crashing’. The most likely culprit is insecticides, applied liberally to our crops to protect them from parasitic insects, but just as toxic to our honey-making pollinator friends. The trend towards monoculture – planting massive tracts of a single crop – probably doesn’t help either. Bees, like us, require a varied diet or they become malnourished and die. Stick them in the middle of a vast monocrop, with only a single variety of flower to feed from, and they don’t last long.

The problem as I stated last time is that mankind have been in general bad stewards. So what can we do about it?

Faith without deeds is dead, so if we are truly sorry we need to bear fruit in keeping with repentance - Matthew 3:8

These are all tips, big and small things we can all do to shrink our “ecological footprint”, be more aware of taking care of our world and all those in it, humans, and other creatures. Don’t be a litter bug and a bad steward. But just as importantly start with being kind to others.