On World Bee Day we take a moment to appreciate the world’s tiny environmental champions and all they do for us.
This year’s theme – Bee engaged in pollinator-friendly agricultural production – shines a spotlight on the important impact our food production has on the planet. It’s a great opportunity to focus on ways we can make agriculture better for bees, and for people too.
Thankfully there are lots of small ways to make a big impact for our precious pollinators.
The importance of pollination
What role do bees have?
Bees are pollinating powerhouses! A single bee can visit up to 5000 flowers in one day. They are essential for the pollination of 33% of our food crops and 90% of our wild plants. This means that one third of all food that we eat depends on bees for its production.
There are close to 20,000 species of bee around the globe of all shapes and sizes and they all have an important role to play in supporting the health and biodiversity of our world.
33% of food supply depends on pollination
Bee friendly agricultural practices are becoming essential for supporting local pollinators to ensure they will have safe forage.
Most people are aware of the health benefits of ditching refined sugar for alternative sweeteners such as honey, yet many don’t realise that making this change can also have a huge impact on the environment.
The growing and processing of sugar has major environmental impacts, like loss of habitat, excess water usage, heavy use of agro-chemicals, plus water and air pollution which affects localised and downstream ecosystems.
Honey has a long history of medicinal use going back thousands of years.
🍯 Honey has strong antibacterial properties for treating wounds, burns and skin infections 🍯 Eating honey can boost the levels of healthy bacteria in the gut 🍯 Honey also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
From schools to community gardens, we’re thrilled to be able to support these fantastic educational opportunities and love to see so many diverse groups of people discovering the fascinating world of bees.
Our Billions of Blossoms project is designed to support bees and pollinators globally by providing billions of new flowers to forage on.
Using funds raised through TheBeekeeper.org, we’ve partnered with with organisations all around the world that are doing amazing work protecting and regenerating habitat, and supporting farmers to create safe places for pollinators.