3 Things That Will Happen if Bees Go Extinct

3 Things That Will Happen if Bees Go Extinct

Not The Bee's Knees
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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 Without bees, renewable resources would be replaced with outdated and wasteful resources.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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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5 Places To Hike Near Syracuse This Fall

A short list of some of the prettiest places to hike in Upstate New York to get all the fall, Instagramable views.

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One of the best things of Upstate New York is undoubtedly the fall foliage and totally Instagram worthy views. If you're looking to get away from campus for a little and enjoy all that the beautiful state of New York has to offer, look no further for a brief list of some of the most photogenic hikes and views.

1. Watkins Glen State Park

Located just a little over an hour and a half from Syracuse, Watkins Glen has picturesque waterfalls and moderate hiking trails that allow you to relish in all the beauty fall has to offer.

2. Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls, located in the cute town of Ithaca, is one of the many beautiful waterfalls in the Ithaca region. A relatively easy hike, you could complete this in a day and go check out Ithaca or some of the other waterfalls nearby!

3. Bald Mountain

Located in the Adirondacks, Bald Mountain is an easy and popular hike. It gets pretty crowded during this time of year, so make sure to get there earlier if you want a peaceful hike away from lots of people.

4. Letchworth State Park

Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park follows the Genesee River. Although the park itself is around 17 miles, there are shorter trails throughout and the views are gorgeous.

5. Fillmore Glen State Park

Within the Finger Lakes region, Fillmore Glen State Park is like a slightly smaller Watkins Glen. The waterfall is the first sight, and then you have choices of multiple different hiking trails.

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