“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years left to live.”
Today I wanted to post about bees, and just how important and amazing they are. Bees make an invaluable contribution to ecosystems. They pollinate a third of everything we eat – without bees, our crops wouldn’t produce fruit.
Honey Bees will travel over 140,000 km (over three times around the globe!) and gather nectar from TWO MILLION flowers just to make HALF A KG of honey, and the average bee will only make 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Think of the abundance of honey we have readily available at the supermarket and just how much work it took to create.
Unfortunately there is a lot of cruelty that exists in honey bee farming. It’s not unusual for larger honey producers to cut off the queen bee’s wings so that she can’t leave the colony, and take all the honey without leaving some for the bees to get through winter and replacing it with a cheap sugar substitute. In colder areas, if the bee keepers consider it too costly to keep the bees alive during winter, they destroy the hives using cyanide gas.
Bees are such beautiful, incredible, hardworking little creatures and they deserve our respect; much more than we’re currently giving them.