3 Things That Will Happen if Bees Go Extinct

3 Things That Will Happen if Bees Go Extinct

Not The Bee's Knees

If you've ever been stung by a bee, you probably have some passionate hate for bees, but those little fuzzy guys do a lot for us. Bees happen to be the single most significant insect for the human race. Without bees, our lives would be very different.

1) We will lose some of our favorite foods! Honey bees are responsible for an average $30 billion a year in crops. (via bbc.com) These plants are pollinated by bees, which means when the bees die, so do they. We would lose: apples, mangoes, peaches, sunflower oil, kiwi, pomegranates, strawberries, onions, AVOCADOS (that means no guac), cherries, coffee, walnuts, cotton(that means clothes would be super expensive), lychee, macadamia nuts, limes, lemons, carrots, cucumber, watermelon, coconut, chili peppers, cocoa, tomatoes, and grapes just to name a few. (via honeylove.org)THINK OF THE GUAC WE ARE LOSING. In addition to these plants dying, animals higher up in the food chain, like cows and pigs, would cost more to feed, and that means higher prices for us. Seriously, if bees die out, the American economy will be is a crisis state, and food costs will skyrocket. Losing bees isn't pretty for anyone, but especially not for us.

2) Everyday items would cost more, or be unavailable altogether. Because cotton would disappear without bees, the price of clothing would grow, and we would have less options for fabrics. In addition, biofuel would disappear without canola, and the world would rely on fossil fuel. Without bees, renewable resources would be replaced with outdated and wasteful resources. Medicines and the pharmaceutical companies would also be hit by the extinction of bees. The key ingredient in morphine is extracted from opium poppies, which would be almost unavailable without bees, making morphine disappear.

3) Industries that use honey to manufacture products and things like cosmetics, would be slowly crumbling. Many cosmetics companies rely on honey as a key ingredient in their products. Honey is used widely in skincare, natural cosmetics, and lip balm. Burt's Bees, a company which uses honey is most of its products, would increase prices until having to stop production of their products. Honey used in facials would disappear, and many LUSH products that are made with honey would also disappear.

In short, bees are super duper important. Bees are dropping like flies and people need to understand the severity of the problem. If bees die, so do we. Bee extinction is human extinction.

Cover Image Credit: coloradobeekeepers.org

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Panda Facts That Might Surprise You

They are more than just a pretty face.

So let's be honest, we have all fallen in love with Giant Pandas at one point in our lives, I personally am still doting over the baby pictures of Bei Bei who was born in 2015. When I was thinking about writing another animal facts article, I asked one of my friends for ideas and she suggest pandas which I proceeded to tell her was cliche as far as cute animals go, but she insisted. The truth is there are actually a lot of things I didn't know about the big, cuddly-looking bears that are the face of the Worldwide Wildlife Fund. I picked out the facts I found most interesting and some adorable pictures for everyone to enjoy as they get ready for finals. So enjoy!

1. A newborn panda cub is about the size of a stick of butter according the WWF, making it roughly 1/900 of the size of its mother.

2. Giant Pandas are actually really good at climbing trees.

3. Giant Pandas can be more than four feet tall.

4. They must eat 26 to 84 pounds of bamboo a day!

5. There are less than 2,000 Giant Pandas left in the wild.

6. You can only find wild Giant Pandas in China.

7. If a panda has twins, the mother will abandon one of them because she cannot care for both.

8. Pandas live up to 20 years in the wild.

9. Pandas live alone.

I hope these facts make you respect these adorable bears for more than just their pretty faces.

For more info on pandas, check out these two sites: World Wild Life and National Geographic.

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Bama Students, Take A Hike! The 10 Best Hiking Places In Alabama

These are some of the most beautiful gems in Alabama that you must check out before graduating.

For those of us that are out of state students from mountainous areas, hiking withdrawal is bound to happen. If you're stuck in a rut and need to explore some trails, this list can help you out with some of the most beautiful hikes in Alabama.

1. Red Mountain Park - Birmingham

Red Mountain Park holds a lot of outdoor recreation. With 15 miles worth of hiFrom gated dog parks to trails with goats munching on vegetation, Red Mountain has something for everyone. Ziplines run through the trees for the more daring among you.

2. Stephens Gap - Jackson County

Stephens Gap is one of the most beautiful hikes in Alabama because it ends with a cave with a waterfall that is well worth the 2-mile round trip hike. Be sure to bring a flashlight!

3. Desoto Falls - Mentone

This is a quick hike of .7 miles round trip to get your feet wet if you're a new hiker. The view is beautiful and the water is great!

4. Dismals Canyon - Franklin County

The 1.5-mile hike on the bottom of the canyon floor. Boulders and waterfalls mark this trail with plenty to look at. This conservatory charges by the person, but it's well worth it for the views and fun. They also offer guided night tours to see the tiny bioluminescent dismalites.

5. Walls of Jericho - Hytop

This is a long one at 6.6 miles and an elevation gain of 1348 feet. This trail is dog friendly and offers beautiful views, including a waterfall. Hikes are always worth it when there is a waterfall.

6. Cane Creek - Tuscumbia

Cane Creek is also a 6 miler rounding out at 6.2, but it's a loop and the elevation is only about 900 feet, making it a little bit easier than the Walls. Be sure to bring your pup on this one as well.

7. Sipsey River Trail - Double Springs

This out and back hike covers about 2.6 miles is only 196 feet. This trail is perfect for beginners, older dogs with energy and bikers.

8. Rainbow Mountain Loop - Madison

At only a mile and half, this is a short and sweet hike that will scratch your hikers itch without exhausting you. This hike has a variety of terrain and can be rocky so wear your best trail shoes, the ones with good traction and you're ready to go!

9. Lost Sink Trail - Paint Rock

A 2.8 mile trail ending with a waterfall. Most people say to go during the spring or fall, because it can be dry during the hot months. Overall, this hike is moderately easy and not too steep.

10. Hurricane Creek - Vinemont

This 2 mile loop ends with a waterfall and is mostly forested. Most of the hike is shaded and it's great for new hikers or children. The waterfall can be a bit skimpy in the summer months, but after a good rain this hike is the move.

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