Bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. This means that they help other plants grow!
Implications Of A Decline In Bee Populations
Over 60% of all fruits and vegetables consumed by humans have bees as the primary, if not the only pollinators. Some plants like the almonds, pears, apples, strawberries, and blackberries have bees as the only pollinators.
The global decline in bee population has been detrimental in the farming of these products with some farmers resulting in the hiring of hives to assist them in pollination of their plants. If bees become extinct, it is estimated that seven out of sixty important crops would disappear in the United States
Insecticides could be developed that kill pests without harming beneficial insects such as bees, according to a new study.
The use of pesticides is currently the subject of much debate, owing to the catastrophic effects chemicals such as neonicotinoids have on the environment, and particularly on the bees we rely on to pollinate crops.
Busy as a bee
Pollinators including birds, bats, and bees pollinate fruits, vegetables, and other
crops that provide us with food, fiber, drugs, and fuel. In addition to pollinating food
crops like apples, almonds, and pumpkins, bees pollinate forage crops including alfalfa
and clover that provide feed for cattle and other animals.