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10 Reasons Why Bees Matter

Find out why our food system and environment are depended on these very important pollinators.

10 Reasons Why Bees Matter

Did you know it takes 2 million flowers to make a pound of honey? Each honeybee produces only a 12th of a teaspoon in her lifetime. But not only do they provide us honey, they also serve to pollinate almost half of our food. 

 

We know bees are important, but why?

  1. 30 to 40 percent of our food is made available because of pollination by honeybees.
  2. There are 2,000 native bee species in California alone.
  3. One hive produces 50 to 100 pounds of honey in a year depending on the health of the hive.
  4. A Queen bee can lay 2,000 eggs a day and lives 2 to 5 years.
  5. There are between 30 to 60,000 bees in a hive.
  6. Bumblebees vibrate at the musical note of C, a perfect frequency to open the tomato flower for pollination.
  7. Every worker bee goes through the same progression of jobs- Housekeeping, undertakers, nursing young worker bees, attending to the queen bee, and lastly collecting nectar for the hive.
  8. Bees have a highly developed intestinal flora, like humans.
  9. Most honey that comes in big box stores is mainly corn syrup. Therefore it’s advised to buy honey locally.
  10. Honey is the oldest medicine, will never go bad if kept in a sealed container.