The conversation surrounding bees has increasingly become a popular topic of concern. As new research is released revealing the decline of bee population’s on a global level as well as just how fundamental bees are to the health of our planet and their direct relation to the world’s food production, it’s clear bees are far more than honey-making insects.
That’s why we’ve created this article to explore just how important bees are to our environment, why their population is declining and why supporting sustainable honey products is a step in the right direction. In doing so, you can rest assured you will have all the knowledge you need to understand bees and the role they play in supporting the environment and the world as we know it today.
The Role Bees Play In Food Production
Bees are pollinating insects and it’s for this reason that they play such a key role in the production of the world’s food. Pollination allows many fruits, vegetables and other foods to be produced as well as the growth and dispersion of seeds to produce more food.
As the alliance for better food and farming, Sustain explains, “Globally there are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees…”
Thus, bees are responsible for a significant part of the world’s food. If bee populations are to continue to decline at their current rate, the environment, animals, human’s and the global economy will suffer significantly.
How Bees Help Our Economy
A staggering statistic published by Earth Day revealed the extensive economic benefits associated with bees and the key role they play within food production. “The global crop production pollinated by bees is valued at $577 billion” (2018). Thus, it’s clear bees are intrinsically linked to the food we eat and the money we spend in doing so. Without bees, the process to pollinate food will become an extremely expensive task, placing great burdens on both the environment as well as the global economy. In recognizing this reality, bees are an invaluable part of the ecosystem. The importance to take care of, support and help restore bee populations to their former levels is of paramount concern.
Not only are bees fundamental to the health and functionality of the environment, bees also significantly support the economy due to the honey that they produce. The alliance Sustain reveals, “In 2008, the British Bee Keepers Association estimates that honey bees make a significant contribution to the £165 million annually generated for the UK economy through pollination by insects, with the figure put at £200 million in 2009 by the UK’s Public Accounts Committee.”
The Declining Bee Population
Green Peace’s ‘Bees in Decline’ Report revealed, “…in Europe alone, bee losses up to 53% became a reality. This dramatic decline…is the result of multiple factors such as diseases and parasites, climate change and wider industrial agricultural practices. Monocultures and the extensive use of deadly pesticides are of special concern” (2013).
The report conducted by Green Peace is, among others, a confirmation that the world’s bee populations are declining. Consequently, we are now faced with a choice. If we continue our lives as we have without any change to the agricultural industry and other industries, we will continue to witness the devastating decline of bees.
However, with a few simple steps such as supporting honey products from clean and reputable sources, we are using our power as a consumer to send a clear message that the lives of bees matter. Seeking out brands that have clearly avoided pesticides, chemicals and other harmful toxins to produce honey is also another simple way to make a positive difference. After all, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and the same principle applies to the restoration of bees.
The declining bee population is a reflection of the unsustainable, harmful and ultimately toxic practices the agricultural system currently allows. Furthermore, it is also part of the climatic crisis the earth is experiencing and most importantly, a sign that something needs to change. By moving away from chemical products within the agricultural industry as well as within households, bees are no longer threatened by potentially fatal toxins.
That’s why it’s so important to understand what sustainable products are and how you can incorporate natural items into your own life. By supporting honey products free from pesticides and other chemicals as well as companies with a focus on all-natural, organic and clean ingredients, you are making an active and empowered decision to support the health and well-being of bees.