Since 2005, the honeybee population has fallen significantly due to CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). Keeping honeybees abundant is necessary for the production of food because wild plants depend on pollinators and a third of agricultural crops need animals for cross-pollination, according to the National Resources Defense Council. In order to combat the recent decrease of honeybees naturally pollinating crops, Washington, D.C. has implemented its own innovative solution. Last year 300,000 square feet of green roofs popped up in our city, more than any other in America. Green roofs promote vegetation for water control, wildlife habitat, and better urban air quality, many green roofs also feature small apiaries.
At Founding Farmers, we strive to promote sustainable agriculture to protect the soil, air, water, and biodiversity in addition to producing high-quality, healthy foods. It is no surprise that as the first Gold-LEED certified full service restaurant in Washington, D.C. we have also worked to understand why honey bee colonies have been falling apart. In order to further our commitment, Founding Farmers has teamed up with The George Washington University on bee research and education. We thank National Geographic for recognizing our efforts in combating this worldwide issue. The full article can be found here.
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