Wildflower strips bring farmers extra money while helping native bees

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(Entomology Today) One practice that can bolster native bee populations is planting strips of wildflowers next to crops; however, a study in 2017 found that, without incentives, few farmers choose to plant flower strips. The key to adoption, therefore, is adequate incentives. Researchers examined all the economic costs and benefits of planting wildflower strips and of selling the resulting seeds; their analysis revealed how profit could be made on the sale of seeds.

Papa John’s made a mini pizza for bees

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(AdAge) To draw attention to the plight of the pollinators, Papa John’s U.K. has made what it calls the world’s first pizza for bees. The “Beezza” is just one inch across and topped with honey, wildflowers, local pollen, rosemary and thyme. When U.K. customers order the pie online between now and September, they can donate the change to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

The ‘World’s Smallest McDonald’s’ Is Now Open — to Bees

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(Food & Wine) The “McHive” started with a single McDonald’s Sweden location that placed a beehive on its roof. Others joined in, and now five franchises have beehives in all. Others plan to join the cause, with some locations even “replacing the grass around their restaurants with flowers and plants that are important for the well-being of wild bees.”