As you are looking outside at the flowers and trees, you might see a bee buzzing by, but did you know these common creatures are endangered? According to Greenpeace, “the number of bee colonies per hectare has declined by 90 percent since 1962” (Greenpeace, 2021). This is alarming as bees are responsible for doing so many things to keep our environment running efficiently.
“Bees are perfectly adapted to pollinate, helping plants grow, breed and produce food” (Friends of the Earth, 2021). Without them, we wouldn’t produce as many crops, and there wouldn’t be as much food in our markets. Bees are responsible for 80 percent of pollination worldwide, which includes the pollination of fruits, nuts, and vegetables (Greenpeace, 2021).
Bees also produce other things that help us. These items include: honey, wax, an antibiotic called propolis, and royal jelly (World Bee Day, 2018). Without these creatures, farmers wouldn’t be able to produce as many crops. We wouldn’t be able to eat honey to help with our allergies or soothe our throats when we were sick, and we couldn’t light a candle when the power went out.
It is important that while we are thinking about our busy lives and all the things that we have to do that we remember to keep bees in mind. “Pesticides, droughts, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, and global warming [are killing these creatures]” (Greenpeace, 2021). If we don’t do something to change this, we might have another issue to deal with, the lack of food production, and with food already in short supply that would be devastating.
Friends of the Earth. (2021). Why Do We Need Bees? Retrieved Octobeer 4, 2021, from https://friendsoftheearth.uk/nature/why-do-we-need-bees.
Greenpeace. (2021). Save the Bees. Retrieved October 4, 2021, from https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/sustainable-agriculture/save-the-bees/.
NASS Highlights. (2019). Statistical Summary Honey Bees. Retrieved October 4, 2021, from https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Highlights/2019/2019_Honey_Bees_StatisticalSummary.pdf.
World Bee Day. (2018). Honey and Other Bee Products. Retrieved October 4, 2021, from https://www.worldbeeday.org/en/did-you-know/92-honey-and-other-bee-products.html.