As many of us know, bees are pretty important pollinators. . . But do you know how important?
Bees are responsible for producing one out over every _____ bites of food we eat?
Answer: A. 3
Wow! Isn’t that amazing??
One-third of everything we eat we owe to bees.
Most crops grown for their fruits (including vegetables such as squash, cucumber, tomato and eggplant), nuts, seeds, fiber (such as cotton), and hay (alfalfa grown to feed livestock), require pollination by insects.
-the transfer of pollen from the male parts of a flower to the female parts of a flower of the same species, which results in fertilization of plant ovaries and the production of seeds.
The most popular pollinator is the bee.
( Click here for fun bee facts!)
Sadly, honeybee populations are dwindling at an alarming rate, and nobody knows exactly why. The total number of managed honeybee colonies has gone from 5 million in the 1940s to only 2.5 million today. Astonishingly enough, the Winter of 2012/2013 saw total losses of managed honeybee colonies at 31.1 percent, a figure higher than average for the last six years.
The USDA describes the situation — known as colony collapse disorder (CCD) — as a serious problem threatening the health of honeybees. Researchers are still looking into potential causes in four areas: pathogens, parasites, management stressors and environmental stressors. Unfortunately, despite a number of claims in the general and scientific media, a cause or causes of CCD have not been identified by researchers.
The Xerces Society is a great advocator to invertebrate conservation. Check out their partnership with WholeFoods Markets in their “Protecting Pollinators” campaign.
Did you know over 100 US crops rely on honey bees and other pollinators! Here is just a short list:
Black and Red Currants
Acerola – used in Vitamin C supplements
Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage)
Chili peppers, red peppers, bell peppers, green peppers
Black Eyed Peas
If any of you favorite foods are on this list. Please consider helping out our pollinators. Which one can you do to help?
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