What do Bees do for us?
I'm using the fact that it is National Honey Bee Day in the USA on Saturday, 15th August as an excuse to praise the wonderful honey bee. Honey Bee Day aims to highlight the importance of bees on our ecosystems.
Have you ever taken a moment to watch the meanderings of a busy honey bee as it goes about its work moving from flower to flower? There’s something mesmerizing about honey bees. They are known for their production of honey and beeswax but they also play a critical role in the pollination of plants and flowers.
It is often claimed that bees are responsible for one out of every three pieces of food we eat - think about that for a moment! Most plants produced for their fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fibre and hay require pollination by insects. The main insect pollinators are bees.
Keeping honey bees can also deliver us nutritional benefits from the materials and elements that they gather and produce. Many use honey as a natural sweetener for tea and cooking. Honey can also be great for a sore throat or an upset stomach. It can be used as an exfoliator as well as an aid in curing acne. According to the U.S. Honey Board, Americans consumed 410 million pounds of honey in 2010.
Pollen, wax, and propolis (a resin-like material obtained from beehives) have a wide variety of craft, manufacturing, and medical uses. Beeswax has a wide range of applications too - from oiling furniture and being a granite polisher to musical bow string lubricant, lip balm and as a replacement for single-use plastic. Check out our beeswax wraps which truly are nature's answer to cling film.
Considering everything that honey bees do for us, what can we do for them?
Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. There is hope. If we dedicate more time and resources to reducing the use of pesticides, creating wild flower meadows and protecting their habitat we can help increase their numbers. We need to spread knowledge of the importance of bees to ecosystems and our daily lives. Start off by watching these videos webinar on Smart gardening for bees https://vimeo.com/user40522257/pollinators