Beginning in 2007, commercial bee keepers and hobbyists began to report catastrophic losses of honey bees: According to the American Beekeeping Foundation, as many as 700,000 of the nation’s 2.4 million bee colonies have been affected by these losses. This is not just a problem in America; honey bee populations worldwide are in decline due to such factors as habitat destruction and pesticide damage. According to a 2011 United Nations report, of the 100 crop species that supply 90 percent of the world's food, bees pollinate more than 70 percent. They are vital to our agricultural health and we depend on honey bees to pollinate our farms, orchards and backyard gardens. As an added bonus these bees make honey and beeswax. Without honey bees our nut, fruit and vegetable supplies would suffer. This could translate into a severe shortage and then ultimately the complete loss of the very ingredients that make up a childhood staple; the peanut butter and jelly sandwich! A portion of the profits from the sale of Belinda Bumble Bee will be donated to help fund bumble bee conservation efforts worldwide. You can do your part too. Sign up today and find out what you can do to help. Belinda will send you a little pack of seeds containing some of the honey bee’s favorite flowers. Plant them and you can help give our fuzzy little friends a fighting chance! A tale that both children and adults can learn from… Belinda Bumble Bee presents a whimsical look at a very serious matter: Colony Collapse Disorder. According to a 2011 United Nations report, of the 100 crop species that supply 90 percent of the world's food, bees pollinate more than 70 percent. Their survival is essential to ours! Children will learn to respect Belinda’s fuzzy buzzy friends and want to help them as a result!