bee is a fascinating creation of nature. While many people view bees as scary
insects that may sting when disturbed, bees play a critical role in the daily
lives of humans. From pollinating up to one-sixth of all flowering
plants in the world to increasing the yield of food crops, bees are a vital
part of the U.S. and global economy.
sad news is that bee populations across the world are decreasing. The exact
reason is not yet known, but climate change and human activity (such as
destroying bee habitats and overusing chemical fertilizers) certainly play a
factor. Here are the reasons why bees are so important to humans, followed by
tips on how you can help support your local bee populations.
1. Bees are the key
to much of our food supply
widely known that bees play an important role in pollination. By sucking on the
nectar of flowering plants, bees spread pollen to other plants and help with
the fertilization process. They also disperse seeds and encourage the growth of
many different plant species.
is what most farmers rely on to enjoy healthy crop yields during every planting
season. Without pollination, yields would be low, and we wouldn’t enjoy enough
supply of food crops such as kales, broccoli, avocados, and cucumbers.
addition to food crops, bees also pollinate commercial crops such as cotton and
clovers. Cotton is used in many different manufacturing processes, while
clovers provide fodder for cattle.
2. Bees contribute
to the overall growth of the economy
fascinating to think about how important a tiny insect such as the bee is to
humans. Bees contribute as much as $15 billion to the U.S food crop
industry. With about 4000 bee species in the U.S alone, each type of bee plays
an important role in promoting the growth of food crops around the country.
Bees pollinate flowers, spread seeds, and increase yields from our farms and gardens.
As a result, we end up with fruits, nuts, berries, and seeds that grow both in
domestic and wild areas.
hard work of bees has led to growth in the U.S food crop economy. This, in
turn, results in more jobs being available during downstream processes. For
example, all crops that are harvested have to undergo additional processing
before they end up on your table as lunch or dinner. With a healthy population
of bees, the country’s economy is more likely to thrive.
3. Bees are an
essential part of the ecosystem
also play an important role in the local ecosystem. Though their natural
activities, honeybees encourage the healthy growth of flowers, plants, and
trees, which in turn serve as habitats for other insects. From birds to
butterflies and ants, bees support other species that also play an important
role in pollination.
serve as a natural source of prey for many different species further up the
food chain. Birds, spiders, and dragonflies rely on bees as their source of
food for generating the energy they need to survive.
species of bees dig burrows underneath the soil to form their habitats. This
digging helps aerate the ground and keep it healthier in the long run.
4. Honey is used in
many different ways by humans
the best-known benefit of bees is honey. Bees produce honey as a food source
for the colony when the weather gets cold. But it’s not just bees that rely on
honey. Humans also harvest honey to use in many different ways, from applying
it on bread to an ingredient of cosmetic products.
would be difficult to imagine the human world without honey. We use it to treat
wounds, promote the growth of healthy hair and skin, and add taste to many
different recipes in the home.
5. Bees make the
also contribute to biodiversity and thus make our environment attractive. These
insects promote the growth of many different species of plants, flowers, and
trees, thus contributing towards a vibrant ecosystem that sustains other
insects, birds, and mammals. Simply put, bees are the unsung heroes that make
our environment thrive.
an understanding of why bees are so important, you can play an active role in
supporting local bee populations. In Southern California, simple activities
such as using organic fertilizers in your garden, planting bee-loving plants,
and purchasing products
from your local beekeepers will help local bees thrive. Remember that bees fuel
the economy of Southern California. Help support local bee populations by buying
your honey products from local bee-keepers.