Bees are a keystone species, meaning if a keystone species goes extinct it takes the whole ecosystem with it. If they ever go extinct so will a lot of flowering plants. Not only are bees incredible pollinators, they are also the only insect that produces food that humans can eat. Over the last decade research has shows that this awesome creature is in decline. Here is why its important to save the bee.
- Bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for 10-20 million years
- One single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day
- In 1947 there were 6 million honey bee hives in the US- Today there are UNDER 3 million
- The UK has reported a loss of 45% of their bee population since 2010
Why Bees Matter:
- 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is courtesy of pollination
- 85% of flowering plants and trees rely on pollinators for survival.
- Bees pollinate 70 of the top 100 human food crops
- 30% of the world crops depend on bees for survival
- If bee decline continues, over 1/3 of our crop supply could be in danger of disappearing
What is Happening to the Bees & How Can We Help?
There are many reasons for the decline of the bee population in the world: insecticides, destruction of natural habitats and climate change to name a few. How can we help? You can save the bees by planting ‘bee friendly’ flowers and herbs. Professional lawn care companies will be able to consult with you, and advise on the best variety to plant.