Why Are Bees Important to Everyone?
Bees are vital to our food sources. As they forage nectar from blossoms, these furry creatures carry pollen from one plant to another. Without this pollination, fruits, seeds and vegetables would not grow. Some common foods that we consume in North America that require bees for pollination are avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash, and sunflowers for oil, cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwis, cherries, cranberries, melons, blueberries, strawberries, and Haskap berries. The pollination of alfalfa and clover provides food for livestock, connecting our meat and dairy supply with the busy honey bee as well.
Not only are bees vital in human food production, they pollinate the many varieties of plants that provide food for our wildlife.
Magnificent trees like the poplar and willow need bees for pollination as well or they would cease to exist. These important cogs in the wheel of our ecosystem clean our air by using carbon dioxide to produce their food. They also provide homes for many species of wildlife, insects and birds.
These amazing little beings live in colonies of 20,000 to 60,000 bees visit 50 to 100 flowers during one outing from their hive. The worker bees live for about 6 weeks and provide all the nectar for everyone in their humongous family. The queen needs lots of energy since she lays up to 2500 eggs each day in the summertime while the drones, who mate with the queen, also need to be fed!
Honey: Part of Our Culture
Aside from the important role bees play to produce our food - and in the ecosystem for wildlife, the honey and honeycomb they produce is a valuable product to humans. Honey has natural antiseptic properties and was used to treat sore throats and as a dressing for wounds. The natural glucose and fructose in honey allows it to be digested quickly by the human body, providing a boost of energy. Furthermore, the honeycomb is used for cosmetics and other high quality, natural products.
The Endangered Honey Bee
We need honey bees-but honey bees are dying. A world without bees would have devastating consequences for our food supply, among other things.
Why are honey bees dying?
How Do We Save the Bees?
Fortunately, we have researchers who are dedicated to the survival of this fascinating and essential insect. With this in mind, Haskap Health will provide a donation, with every purchase of VBG, to support the research for the survival of honey bees.
Industrialization and intensive agricultural practices have destroyed part of the natural habitat of these complex little creatures. On top of that, climate change has resulted in droughts and floods while changing the times in which flowers are in bloom, disrupting the natural environment and rhythms of the bees' habitat.
In addition to these devastating disruptions in the environment in which they live, a parasite has been infecting the colonies, killing thousands. This destructive organism is the Varroa mite. Not only does it feed on the bees but it also brings viruses to the colony, wiping out thousands of bees with one infestation.