Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

7 Traditional Thanksgiving Foods Brought to You By Bees

Food
7 Traditional Thanksgiving Foods Brought to You By Bees

It’s easy to take the food that appears before us for granted particularly during the holidays. However, there is one really important creature responsible for much of our favorite Thanksgiving fare: bees.

Bee pollination is a $20 billion to $30 billion per year contributor to U.S. agriculture and vital to the majority of fruit and vegetables we enjoy throughout the year.

Unfortunately, bees are at risk from habitat invasion, climate change and the excessive use of harmful pesticides called neonicotinoids. Some countries are taking the lead in banning these chemicals. For example, the European Union suspended the use of neonicotinoids last spring.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a similar step last week by requiring labeling on pesticides that harm bees in Oregon, a state that has seen a major decline in bee populations.

Here, courtesy of The Environmentalist, are seven traditional Thanksgiving foods that we wouldn’t be enjoying if it weren’t for bees.

7. Stuffing

Photo credit:
Shutterstock

6.  Vegetables such as squash, brussels sprouts and broccoli

Photo credit:
Shutterstock

5. Sweet potatoes

Photo credit:
Shutterstock

4. Pumpkin pie

Photo credit:
Shutterstock

3. Nuts

Photo credit:
Shutterstock

2. Apple pie

Photo credit:
Shutterstock

1. Cranberry sauce

Photo credit:
Shutterstock

Visit EcoWatch’s BIODIVERSITY page for more related news on this topic.

A seagull flies in front of the Rampion offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom. Neil / CC BY 2.0

By Tara Lohan

A key part of the United States' clean energy transition has started to take shape, but you may need to squint to see it. About 2,000 wind turbines could be built far offshore, in federal waters off the Atlantic Coast, in the next 10 years. And more are expected.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

By Frank La Sorte and Kyle Horton

Millions of birds travel between their breeding and wintering grounds during spring and autumn migration, creating one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world. These journeys often span incredible distances. For example, the Blackpoll warbler, which weighs less than half an ounce, may travel up to 1,500 miles between its nesting grounds in Canada and its wintering grounds in the Caribbean and South America.

Read More Show Less

Trending

Kevin Maillefer / Unsplash

By Lynne Peeples

Editor's note: This story is part of a nine-month investigation of drinking water contamination across the U.S. The series is supported by funding from the Park Foundation and Water Foundation. Read the launch story, "Thirsting for Solutions," here.

In late September 2020, officials in Wrangell, Alaska, warned residents who were elderly, pregnant or had health problems to avoid drinking the city's tap water — unless they could filter it on their own.

Read More Show Less
Eat Just's cell-based chicken nugget is now served at Singapore restaurant 1880. Eat Just, Inc.

At a time of impending global food scarcity, cell-based meats and seafood have been heralded as the future of food.

Read More Show Less
New Zealand sea lions are an endangered species and one of the rarest species of sea lions in the world. Art Wolfe / Photodisc / Getty Images

One city in New Zealand knows what its priorities are.

Dunedin, the second largest city on New Zealand's South Island, has closed a popular road to protect a mother sea lion and her pup, The Guardian reported.

Read More Show Less