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Bees Under Threat, the Truth Behind Your Chocolate Bar

Westways Vending and The Environment

The Pollinator Behind the Packaging

As our interest in both food and the environment grows, we look at how we get the food we take for granted in our vending machines. We have become so detached from nature, in our grab and go society that its easy to forget the chocolate bar enjoyed in your mid morning break wouldn’t exist without pollinators ensuring the crops that grow the cocoa beans thrive. This weekend, an article in the Telegraph gardening supplement entitled “what really gets bees buzzing?” set my mind buzzing. To quote the author, “…bees, and other pollinators are responsible for the success of food crops as diverse as tomatoes, apples, strawberries, chocolate and coffee”

The Truth Behind Your Chocolate and Coffee

These products are our stock-in-trade, produced from crops of course, but had I ever thought as far back in the production process as pollination? No!

The Insects and the Chocolate Bar

I began to wonder whether anyone considers the role of the pollinating insect as they unwrap their chocolate bar or sip their coffee from a Westways snack vending machine? Furthermore, who might look at their typical weekday lunch and recognise that the cocoa plant which produced their chocolate treat was the product of pollination just as their salad ingredients and piece of fruit? The fact is that without pollinating insects, plants would not fruit or reproduce. But once crops have been processed and packaged, their natural origin becomes disguised, and it is easy to forget that they are a natural product created by natural processes.

Bees Under Threat

Now here is the sting. Bee populations are falling. Bees suffer from:
  • Changing land-use
  • The widespread use of devastating pesticides
  • Intensive farming methods involving the eradication of wild plants and flowers, a major bee food source.
  • bee colony collapse
This is a concern in the USA, and in Europe where 84 per cent of crops depend on pollinators. The good news is that bee’s lifecycle and habitats are heavily researched, let’s hope the reasons for this worrying decline in bee numbers can be identified and the situation improved. So next time you unwrap a chocolate treat or sip a hot drink, remember before it became a crop, a pollinator created it!

Westways Vending and The Environment

At Westways Vending we care about the environment and look to reduce our impact however we can. This includes
  • Energy saving Vending machines
  • A commitment to reducing the amount of waste that we produce
  • Engergy Saving Proceedures within our offices.
If you support our mission of reducing vending impact on the environement and would like to enquire about our machines:

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Westways Vending supplies vending machines throughout Sussex, Kent and Surrey. To speak to an adviser call 0800 195 3170. Source article: What really gets bees buzzing  
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