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August 20: World Bee Day

Updated: Aug 21, 2023

It is a day to recognize the contribution that honey bees make to our everyday lives, as well as learning about the different steps that we can take in order to protect this vital species.

Bees are beneficial to us in many ways, honey bees provide us with honey which offers several benefits of the antioxidants that are included. Honey cannot only benefit you in terms of consuming it, but it has been used for many years as a topical treatment for healing burns and wounds.

However, nowadays bees are disappearing because of the use of toxic pesticides, an increasing in invasive farming methods and urban developments, meaning that places that honey bees used to call home do not exist anymore.

What would we do if bees did not exist? Bees are important pollinators because they pollinate 70 of the approximately 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. Honey bees are responsible for $30 billion in agricultural value each year.

Also, Furthermore, we may lose all the plants pollinated by bees, as well as all the creatures that consume those plants and so on up the food chain. That implies a world without bees may struggle to support the globe's 7 billion people. Our supermarkets would stock half as much fruit and vegetables.

It gets worse. We are losing bees at an alarming rate. Possible reasons include the loss of flower meadows, the crab-like varroa mite that feasts on their blood, climate change, and use of pesticides.

On this day, we recommend that you take the time to learn more about the honey bee and how we can do our bit in order to provide them with a supportive environment. Bees are part of the biodiversity on which we all depend for our survival. Let’s save the bees!

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