20th of May 2020
As we know, bees are an extremely important part of our eco systems on earth.
Our beloved bees not only make the delicious honey which most of us enjoy from time to time, they also have many other very important purposes. One thing bees are very skilled at is pollination, this is very important as it assists nature in many ways. Bees are also a very crucial part of human agriculture. Without bees it would be extremely difficult to pollinate our crops.
Bees also produce the only natural occurring wax which is also very useful to us humans for things such as: cotton beeswax wraps, candles, skin care, fabric waterproofing, wood polish, soap, snowboard/ski wax or surfboard wax that wont leave toxic chemicals behind like man made synthetic waxes do. The list goes on!
A single beehive or bee colony may produce 100 to 200 pounds of extra honey, depending on your climate, but most of the beeswax remains in the hive for the bees’ use. A beekeeper will be able to retrieve just 2 to 4 pounds of excess wax from that same bee colony.
While our planet warms as a result of climate change, bees and their very important role in nature becomes jeopardised. Hence why we have world bee day! We all need to learn of the importance of bees and what we can do to ensure their place in our eco systems because without them... we simply might not bee! *pun intended...
Our bees are not only at risk to global warming but more immediately there are seriously at risk to man made pesticides. How do pesticides affect the bee? The pesticides attack the central nervous system of the bee, leading to muscle paralysis and death. See image below:
See article Why Bee Extinction Would Mean the End of Humanity
See article What Happens if Honeybees Disappear
See article: The effects of climate change on pollination<