You may have heard about how the diminishing populations of honeybees are alarming scientists around the world. But do you know why bees are so important, and why researchers are determined to save the bees?
- You would have very little to eat if it weren’t for bees
According to the BBC, bees are the “perfect pollinator,” and of course, a large portion of the food we eat could not be grown without pollination. It’s not just vegetables and fruits that depend on pollination either—ruminant farm animals also depend on bees to pollinate their food sources.
- Bees are Not Pests
Unlike pests, bees are actually essential for the survival of both plant and animal life because of their role in pollination. Bees also rarely sting people, reserving their defenses to protect their hive. When people inadvertently or deliberately interfere with bees or the hive, bees might sting. When left alone, bees go about doing their business—which also happens to be the business of feeding you. If you are concerned about bees, it might be helpful to ask a professional about what your options are—in many cases people mistake bees for other hive insects like wasps or hornets.
- Bees Need Us
Unfortunately, the primary threats to honeybees are, of course, human beings. Agriculture is ironically one of the biggest problems for bees because of the use of pesticides. However, habitat loss is also a major factor in dwindling bee populations, which is why it is critical to take action to save the bees. Some of the things people can do to save the bees include cultivating bee-friendly garden plants, purchasing honey from small producers, and reducing over development. The importance of bees in our world cannot be underestimated, and there is a lot you can do to ensure the health of the planet by understanding more about the role of bees.