Bees Feed Us
“1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is pollinated by a Honey Bee” Sarah Red-Laird.
Without the Bees to pollinate flowers that produce fruit and seeds there would not be the huge variety of fresh foods that contain vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that help us to sustain a healthy and well-balanced diet.
In fact, our meals could become as bland as corn, wheat and rice for every meal, Yum!
They also pollinate Coffea Arabica, so goodbye morning coffee.
Bees Clothe Us
Cotton is the most commonly used natural fiber for making our clothes, it’s also pollinated by the Bees.
No Bees, no clothes! Just joking. There will be clothes but they just won’t be made from this versatile, lightweight and breathable material.
Bees Protect Us From Disease
Honey contains so many beneficial antioxidants and flavonoids that may help to reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
Bees Keep Us Beautiful
Beeswax is used in many natural skin care products, as it acts as a barrier on the surface of the skin against bacteria, and lessens the effects of the harsh weather.
Beeswax is also rich in Vitamin A, which has been proven to reduce wrinkles!
Bees Beautify Our Landscapes
In order to survive the Bees feed from nectar found in flowers. As they do this, pollen sticks to their furry bodies and is then transferred from flower to flower, pollinating them.
Without the Bees intervening the flowers cannot adequately produce enough seeds for dispersal and propagation, therefore we would not have the diverse variety of fruits, vegetables or wild flowers that we do today.
Why Is The Bee Population Declining?
There are many other contributing factors to the deteriorating health of our Bees, but to name a few:
- Varroa destructor (Mite)
- Mono-cropping with harsh pesticides and chemicals
- Climate change
- Habitat loss
How Can We Help Save The Bees?
The two most important things we can do right now to save the Bees are:
Plant Bee friendly flowers, anywhere, in your garden, in window boxes or in pots on your balcony.
“Sow a Seed Save a Bee”
These are a few Bee friendly garden favourites:
Put down those harsh chemical filled weed killers and use natural alternatives instead, some very effective methods can be found here.
For more Bee friendly flower inspiration that you can incorporate into your own garden visit the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s website here.
They also have a fun and interactive “Bee Kind Tool” where you can discover how Bee friendly your garden is.