Did you know honeybees are nature’s farmers?
That was an easy question.
Something a little harder: Do you know what percentage of the world’s crops rely on cross-pollination?
By crops, we mean, things like apples, berries of all kinds, cantaloupes, alfalfa, cucumbers, and almonds.
Do you know?
The answer is at least 30%. Yes, 30% of the world’s crops, 30% of the food that you are able to buy in a grocery store, 30% of the food in your refrigerator was harvested because pollinators such as bees helped to cross pollen and seeds from one plant to another.
Bees are clearly very, very important and deserve respect for their role in sustaining our food supply. Yet sadly, bee populations are dying off at an unprecedented rate because of pesticides, parasites and malnutrition. This die off—known as Colony Collapse Disorder—isn’t just jeopardizing the production of honey …. it’s endangering the food that sustains human life.
You can help save the bees with just a few simple steps:
- Plant bee-friendly pollenating flowers and herbs in your yard
- Let weeds grow in your lawn. A few clovers and dandelions are hevan for honeybees
- Avoid using chemicals and pesticides on your lawn or your garden
- Buy only organic honey that is harvested using sustainable practices
- Understand that bees are not out to sting you. They are peaceful vegetarians who simply want to forage nectar to supply their beehive.
Some Unique Honeybee facts to remind you why honeybees are nature’s coolest farmers
A bee can store almost 70 mg of nectar while it flies around. That’s almost its own weight.
Honeybees visit 100 to 1,500 blossoms before they fill their “honey stomachs” completely
A honeybee can fly about 15 MPH
A typical beehive can produce more than 400 lbs of honey annually
A single honeybee will only produce roughly 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime