The reason for the decline in bee populations is complex – lack of wildflower meadows, increasing mono-cultures in agricultural practice and the use of pesticides and neonicitinoids, as well as viruses that wipe out bee colonies all reputedly affect the population of bees in Europe and beyond.
Video: Bees Needs – Food and a Home. Credit to DEFRA.
1 in 3 bites of food we eat
…is made possible by bees and other pollinators, who spread the pollen that crops and food need to grow. The rest are pollinated by the wind, but without bee and insect pollination the variety of food we eat will be seriously reduced.
So, without bees there’s no
…pizza (tomatoes are pollinated by bees), or apples, chocolate, coffee, almonds and – naturally – honey. Meat and dairy products would also be limited since many animals are fed on alfalfa which is also pollinated by bees. Cheese on toast would be just – toast! Blueberry muffin would be just – crumbs!
Food costs would most likely rise as a response to scarcity and cost of production. Even now fruit trees are pollinated by hand in China – a costly and unsustainable way of producing our favourite – and healthy – fruits.
We are dependent on each other
Humans need food to survive. Food requires pollination from Bees. Bees need pollen from flowers for energy and nectar for nutrition. Flowers need nurturing and watering.
Fantastic Bee facts
20,000 known species of bee worldwide, only one variety of common honeybee.
10 plants that are really easy to plant for bees. The bees will love you for it.
What do bees do for us?
Foraging bees leave behind chemicals to let other bees know they have already visited – so they are very efficient foragers.
One teaspoon of honey represents 499 trips to collect nectar, 49900 flowers visited and 760km flown by one honey bee.
Bees’ favourite colour is purple!