From honey to pollen, propolis and even venom, bees are big money makers for U.S. agriculture. In 2016 honey bees made just under 163 million pounds of honey valued at a little over $339 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. That’s some sweet change.
Their greatest value isn’t a product of their hive. It’s their work as pollinators.
Pollinators, like bees, are responsible for one in every three bites of food you take. If you enjoy coffee, peaches, almonds and seeing native plants and flowers, then you have pollinators like bees to thank, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Bees play a major role in pollinating plants around the world. As a result, they have an impact on many aspects of our everyday lives from our food supply to our planet’s health.
Bees are essential for …
Whether you realize it or not, people rely on bees. Native bees pollinate flowers and plants that grow and become fruits and vegetables. A majority of the food we eat would not exist if it weren’t for bees. If you like blueberries, apples, vanilla or almonds, you can thank your buzzing friends.
Bees also pollinate the food eaten by wild animals and birds like nuts, flowers and fruits. Without bees, those animals would not be able to eat and survive.
Our biodiversity depends also on bees which play a role in the growth of plants, trees and flower that are the home of thousands of species.
Bees are disappearing …
Climate change has an impact on everyone including the bee populations. Due to climate change, flowers and plants blossom earlier and bees are not able to adapt and pollinate in time.
The pesticides used on plants can be harmful for bees.
Our growing cities and the loss of wild environment are critical for bees. Bees depend on the environment to find food and shelter. If we destroy their habitat it becomes really difficult for them to survive.
We’re here to help!
At Forest Remedies, we try our best to make products that are good for you and our planet. That’s why we strive to sustainably source our ingredients and use eco-friendly packaging whenever possible. Just check out the wrapper on our new Jane Goodall Wonders of Africa Essential Oil Kit. It’s made from plantable Bee Saving paper that contains glucose to help fuel exhausted bees.