Honey bees, those super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables are famously known for producing delicious honey. This also means they help other plants grow! Bees transfer pollen between the male and female parts, helping other plants to grow seeds and fruit.
In 1989, the National Honey Board declared the month of September as National Honey Month as a way to promote the beekeeping industry. While that was 30 years ago, billions of Honey bees across the world are leaving their hives, never to return. In some regions, up to 90% of bees have disappeared.
According to Bloomberg, more than half a billion bees dropped dead in Brazil within just three months. Researchers say the main cause of death is pesticides.
About 75% of the world’s crops depend on pollination by bees, as reported by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is imperative that we protect our honey bees to ensure food security.
Bees are a critical component of our food source. We need them, I mean really need them. As we celebrate National Honey Month learn more about how you can attract and help to save the honey bee. It’s a matter of life or death.