Why are bees so essential to the planet and why you should care about.
Honey bees are the most important animals in the world which make them essential to the health of our ecosystem. They are also the most important pollinators.
Who is a pollinator?
A pollinator is an animal that helps plants to make seeds or fruits.
Do you like coffee? Peaches? Cotton clothes? Bananas? Without bees those foods wouldn't exist.
Bees are responsible for 30% of the global food corps! Without bees, we wouldn't have foods like almonds, asparagus, apple, broccoli, potatoes, cucumber, cotton, apricot, tomatoes, onions, strawberry, almonds and even coffee!
Can you imagine a world with no coffee?
Neither do we!
Bee populations are declining and more beekeepers are needed to sustain and protect the bees.
Why are bees so important?
Bees are some of the most important pollinators, ensuring food and food security, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity.
By taking care of bees we take care of our precious environment.
As we mentioned above bees are one of the main pollinators. Without bees, we wouldn't have many fruits and vegetables we use daily.
Bees' products provide medicine too! Propolis has its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties while honey is used in wound care, and beauty and is used as a natural sweetener!
Bees are also important in terms of sustainable agriculture and creating rural jobs. By pollinating, they increase agricultural production, thus maintaining diversity and variety in our fields and on our plates. In addition, they provide millions of people with jobs and are an important source of farmers' income.
The best pollinators
The most important thing that bees do is pollinate. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators.
hen a bee lands on a flower, the hairs all over the bee's body attract pollen grains through electrostatic forces.
Stiff hairs on their legs enable them to groom the pollen into specialized brushes or pockets on their legs or body and then carry it back to their nest. I
Individual bees tend to focus on one kind of flower at a time, which means it is more likely that pollen from one flower will be transferred to another flower of the same species by a particular bee. Many plants require this kind of pollen distribution, known as cross-pollination, in order to produce viable seeds. The business of collecting pollen requires a lot of energy, and so many flowers attract and also reward bees with nectar, a mixture of water and sugars produced by plants.
How can you help?
Luckily, it’s not too late to help save the bees from extinction. There are lots of things you can do to help protect these important creatures - most of which can be done from the comfort of your own garden.
Fill your garden with bee-friendly flowers
Provide shelter for bees
Support local beekeepers by buying their honey
Go pesticide free