Yes! One of the ways to increase the population of honey bees is to change pesticide and herbicide application methods. Often pesticides or herbicides are applied when a crop is flowering. This causes massive die offs of the pollinating bees. Also, pesiticide used to kill spruce budworms in forests adjacent to farmland damages honey bee populations for many years. Reducing the use of herbicides and pesticides, as well as timing application, would be a step in the right direction. Also, farmers often kill, “ditch weeds”. These plants provide much needed pollen and nectar forests when agricultural crops are not in bloom. Adding buffer zones or keeping ditch areas rich in wildflowers, would allow bee populations to have a steady food source throughout the year.
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