Why are bees so important?
Even though small, Bees play a huge and vital role in sustaining the planet’s ecosystem, they are also responsible for pollinating a third of everything we eat, that’s one in every three bites of food we eat worldwide! They are also one of the most complex living things on earth today, one bee alone may not seem like much, but together they become a powerful and important force, responsible for pollinating almost 75% of the world’s food crops. Around 400 different types of plants need bees and other insects to pollinate them, These include most fruits and vegetables, many nuts, plants such as rapeseed and sunflowers that are turned into oil as well as cocoa beans, coffee and tea. Bees also make a huge contribution to the ecosystems around the world. Seeds, fruits and berries eaten by birds and small animals are all from plants that are pollinated by bees. Without bees our world would be a very different place.
But honey bees are disappearing globally at an alarming rate due to pesticides, parasites, disease and habitat loss. If these little insects that help provide so much of the food we eat were to vanish, what would we do without them?