With their natural habitat being eroded day by day - it is time that we all realise the importance of protecting our bees.
The fruits and vegetables that we enjoy eating grow due to a process known as pollination. The pollination process occurs when pollen from a male part of the flower is transferred to the female part, which is known as stigma, and a seed or fruit is formed. There are certain conditions that make this union possible, the most important being insects and wind. Insects like honeybees and bumblebees are major pollen carriers due to the stiff hair on their legs and body. So if bees were to go extinct, the human race would be unable to enjoy natural fruits and vegetables.
Bees are Important for Sustaining Life
Bees are major pollinators of food crops that we eat. This means that our lives depend on bees, and without their help, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy food the same way. However, many people are still unaware of the importance that bees have on human life and its sustainability. If bees go extinct, the food including broccoli, almonds, apples, cherries, cucumbers, asparagus, blueberries, cantaloupe, pumpkins, watermelons, and cranberries would not be available to us.
Bees also pollinate grasses that livestock animals eat. Therefore, bees are part of major food sources and without them, we would be short on agricultural foods that we enjoy. A research conducted by environmental experts calculated that 9.5% of the world’s total agricultural value comes from foods that bees help produce.
Preserving the Life-Savers
It is clear by now that without the assistance of bees, we will be unable to eat most of the foods. Many scientists and environmentalists have conducted studies to identify the role of bees in our lives. There is still a lack of understanding amongst the human race.
Bees are under constant attack by human beings that make use of harmful chemicals that along with pests kill bees as well. These pesticides are highly toxic and lethal to pests. However, many do not realise that they are killing bees too that are assisting with the production of healthy crop. Many scientists have named this phenomenon as Colony Collapse Disorder after measuring the affects of pesticides on bees. These scientists suggest that more than quarter of a trillion honeybees have died due to our careless attitude, and if the number continues to grow, we are likely to suffer from a great loss of one of the most beneficial insects.
Making Earth a Better Place to live
Honeybees are not only responsible for 80% of our food source but are also helpful in making our world beautiful. These pollinators help grow colourful flowers that enhance the aesthetic appeal of our environment and make it a healthier place to live in. Bees are undoubtedly the most important insects for humans. However, without proper preservation programs and education, these insects will soon disappear from the face of the earth, leaving us with nothing but artificially grown highly expensive foods.
Albert Einstein said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”