Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under-appreciated insect.
Our lives would be a much different place if bees didn’t exist. Bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant.
Honeybees and the other pollinators help produce approximately $19 billion worth of agricultural crops in the U.S. only in one year; that’s estimated to be one-third of everything we eat!
Bees make the planet beautiful
Pollinating flowers and contributing to the beautification of the planet’s floral landscapes may be the bees’ perhaps simplest and least economically important actions, but it’s certainly its most aesthetically pleasing one.
By keeping flowers pollinated, bees perpetuate floral growth and provide attractive habitats for other animals such as insects and birds.
Are bees endangered?
Currently, there are several species of bees listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. According to the report, the American honeybee has “declined by 89% in relative abundance and continues to decline toward extinction.” This is due to many factors, including habitat loss, pesticides, climate change, and disease. In the past 20 years, it has completely disappeared from eight states and has become very rare in many others.
What happens if bees go extinct?
Honeybees are responsible for about 80% of the world’s pollination, and they’re dying at high rates. Without bees, plants that rely on pollinators would no longer be able to survive.
The environment isn’t the only thing that will be affected by the loss of bees. We’ll see a major change in our food supply. Bees pollinate our favorite fruits and vegetables, including melons, apples, and even broccoli. Without bees, we may see a shortage of these produce items on grocery store shelves.
We definitely owe bees a big thank you. Let’s work together for a world with more consciousness!