"Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat." - Green Peace
Naturally, we tend to either run away or grab the nearest ‘whacking item’ as soon as we hear a buzzing noise. Bees sting, it hurts, and some of us are severely allergic to them. So you can see why such fear and hatred has been associated with the creatures. But did you know that bees help nature flourish and play a vital role in the human food supply? The question is, could we even survive without bees?
After reading Life Basics Organics article on why bees are so important, we wanted to break down exactly why bees are so important and why we need to care for them. Essentially, bees are the source of all life and we should be looking after them.
1. Bee Pollination Helps Natures Reproduction
Bees don’t only collect nectar to make honey, they disperse pollen. This process is called pollination and it is needed in order for plants to reproduce. As they bees fly around they transfer pollen from plant to plant, enabling fertilisation and therefore allowing the plant to flower, grow seeds, and and produce fruit.
Have you ever seen The Bee Movie? It is quite true that without the pollination process, 80% of the world’s flowering plants would suffer.
So next time you see a bee hive, don't try and harm the colony. If you are allergic or if you think they might bring you or your family harm, call a local bee keeper to help you remove the hive safely without destroying it.
Think of the 300 million flowers that single bee colony is capable of pollinating each day (Greenpeace).
2. Bees are Essential to the Worlds Food Supply
Every time you sit down for a meal, you should be thanking the bees for providing your meal. Every 1 in 3 bites you take is all thanks to bees and their pollination process. A large number of foods and crops rely on pollination from bees, and without them, 70 of the top 100 food crops would be in serious danger.
A few of the foods we would no longer have without bees are apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, avocados, and onions. To see a greater list of the foods and crops that either rely on or benefit from pollination, click here.
Who would have thought that the humble bee could make such an impact on the lives of millions of people and plants?
3. Bees are in Serious Danger
It is well known fact that bees are being killed off, but what is it exactly that is killing them? According to Green Peace, the main killers are “pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition, air pollution, and global warming”.
It is ironic that the pesticides being used to control pests and diseases in agriculture, are poisoning and killing bees - a vital component of agriculture reproduction! There is a war between bee population and chemicals, and we need to do all we can to help the bees win.
"In the U.S. - among crops that require bee pollintion - the number of bee colonies per hectare has declined by 90% since 1962" (Green Peace)
What can we do to help?
Drastic changes need to be made to save the bees. Greenpeace explains that the seven most dangerous pesticides need to be banned, wild habitat needs to be preserved, and ecological agriculture needs to be restored. (Greenpeace).
To read more about bees and to find out what we as individuals can do to help, head to Life Basics Organics post for more information.
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