Palisade hosts International Honeybee Festival

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The International Honey Bee Festival was all the buzz in Palisade.

"We like to say that a spoon full of honey helps the message go down," said Coordinator for Palisade International Bee Festival, Jean Tally.

The message is that in the last five years, over one-third of the nations' honey bee colonies have been lost, and they are a big part of crops in the Grand Valley.

"We needed to do something about the crisis with honey bees, because this is such an agriculturally based community," Tally said.

It's a simple, but important concept.

"Of course without pollination, we don't have crops," Tally said.

Beekeepers say that chemicals in pesticides play a role in bee populations.

"Bees, like all animals, like nicotine. They like caffeine, and they are attracted to this and it throws them off," said President of Western Colorado Bee Keepers' Association, Jack Moore.

If bees were to go away, the impact would really sting.

"They provide three-fourths of our food, fruits and vegetables that we all enjoy," Moore said.

It could be a very sticky situation.

"They provide us with honey. They are the only animal that gives us honey," Moore said.

And honey has plenty of benefits.

"Honey is the only food that we are aware of that you can live off of for an extended period without water," Moore said.

Here in the Grand Valley, farmers tip their caps to the bees.

"Bees are essential for all the pollination aspects of all our local farmers," Moore said.

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