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10 Reasons Why Bees Matter

Why it's important to do our best to save the bees.

10 Reasons Why Bees Matter

The life of a bee is fascinating and meaningful. Quench your thirst for bee knowledge with these tops 10 facts on why bees matter more than you might think.

We know bees are important, but why? Let’s take a moment to get clear on the vast importance of bees in relation to our food, environment, and general livelihood. Without bees, we wouldn’t be here. My hope is that you’ll be inspired to start keeping bees at home, or at the very least, appreciate our little buzzing relatives just a little bit more.

If you’re already buzzing with excitement, then join us this Saturday, July 26 for our Backyard Skills: Beekeeping workshop with Erik Knutzen. He’s an expert backwards beekeeper (meaning all natural, organic, chemical and pesticide free), and he’ll be joining us to share the A B Z’s on everything he knows. Plus, we’ll assemble a hive box, and suit up to inspect the hive box here at The Ecology Center. I hope to see you there!

Here are 10 facts why bees matter:

1. The honey bee is the only insect that produces food we can eat. –

2. The ancient Egyptians used honey and beeswax for many uses. Honey was used as food, medicine, and to preserve the dead. Beeswax was also played an important role in magic rituals, preserving, and as medicine. –

3. It’s estimated that cross-pollination from bees helps 30% of the world’s food crops and 90% of wild plants to grow. That means, without bees, most of the plants, including food and native plants, would go extinct. –

4. In the US, bees pollinate over $15 billion worth of crops. This includes our favorites like apples, berries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, alfalfa, and almonds. –

5. In the US, bees produce about $150 million in honey every year. –

6. Since 2006, nearly 1/3 of all honey bee colonies in the US have disappeared due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a disorder caused by a combination of global warming, loss of habitat, pesticide exposure, invasive parasites, and inadequate food supply –

7. The average worker bee produces 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime! –

8. To make just one pound of honey, approximately 768 bees must fly over 55,000 miles and visit 2 million flowers. –

9. A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and just one queen. The worker bees are all female. They will live for about 6 weeks and do nothing but work. –

10. If you’re afraid of death by bees, have no fear!  It takes about 1,100 bee stings to kill a human. –