of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but
also by other insects, birds and bats. In fact, they pollinate crops that
provide around 90% of the world's food energy and protein supply; that's why
it's estimated that if all bee species were to disappear from Earth tomorrow it
would take at least 100 years for them to recover.
Bees also pollinate feed crops for animals which in
turn produce milk, eggs and meat. It is estimated that one mouthful in three in
our diet directly or indirectly benefits from honeybee pollination.Bees are
insects, and as such they are important pollinators of plants. Bees can be
responsible for the pollination of many of the foods we eat—from apples and
almonds to broccoli and carrots.
One hundred crops provide 90% of food worldwide.
Sixty-four of these crops, providing a majority of the world's food energy and
protein supply, are pollinated by bees.These include:
- Apples (Washington state)
- Lemons and Limes (Mexico)
- Mangos, Papayas and
100% of blueberries, cherries and apples rely on
pollination. 80% of alfalfa seed requires honeybees to pollinate it. 75% of
seed and fruit production requires pollination. 50% of Florida's orange
production, the same goes for more than 35 other fruits and vegetables.The list
of crops that have been affected by bee decline is enormous.
Walk into any supermarket and nearly every aisle
includes products that have been dependent on pollination by bees – from bread
to beer, chocolate to cheesecake, and tomatoes to turkey.
Bees are small creatures but they play an
incredibly important role in making sure there’s enough food for us all to eat.
We need to help save bees by planting bee friendly
Here are some of the best bee-friendly flowers:
- ●Mints (peppermint,
- ●Chamomile and dill for a
variety of bees. Dill's tiny flowers can be used to make tea for humans
but bees love them too!
herbs that attract bees include thyme and sage. Marigolds are also excellent as
they have large bright blooms that last all summer long!