Why Are Bees Important? 33 Reasons to Care About Saving the Bees

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Bees are amongst the most important creatures to humans on Earth. These amazing insects pollinate over 80% of all flowering plants including 70 of the top 100 human food crops. One in three bites of food that we eat is derived from plants pollinated by bees. 

But the role bees play in nature is likely part of a greater story. Bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for the last 10 to 20 million years, and have been mentioned in ancient writings, including the Vedic texts and Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform.

As major contributors to floral growth, bees provide nourishing habitats for animals like birds and insects and beautify the Earth. Many of the floral landscapes that we know and love in nature are made possible because of honey bee pollination.

Let's take a deeper look at why bees are so important...

Bees Play a Major Role in Nature

  1. Bees pollinate 80% of flowering plants on Earth. tweet this (Source: One Green Planet)
  2. One single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
  3. Bee pollination helps to provide nourishing habits for animals like birds and other insects. tweet this (Source: One Green Planet)
  4. Bees are major contributors the floral landscapes that we know and love in nature. tweet this (Source: One Green Planet)

Bees Are Vital to the Human Food Supply

  1. Bees pollinate 70 of the top 100 human food crops. tweet this (Source: Greenpeace) 
  2. 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is derived from plants pollinated by bees. tweet this (Source: USDA)
  3. Bees pollinate about 75% of fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown in the US. tweet this (Source: USDA)
  4. Almonds are totally dependent on bee pollination. No bees, no almonds. tweet this (Source: American Beekeeping Foundation)
  5. Avocados, apples, and cherries are over 90% dependent on bee pollination. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
  6. Cucumbers, kiwis, and melon are majorly dependent on bee pollination. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)

Bees Make Honey

  1. One of the biggest reasons to care about saving the bees? HONEY! No honey bees, no honey. tweet this

MODERN AGRICULTURE IS KNOWN TO BE KILLING THE BEES

  1. Scientists believe honey bees are dying from pesticides. tweet this (Source: Greenpeace)
  2. 1/3 of the 77 million acres of soybean crop use seeds coated in pesticides linked to killing bees. tweet this (Source: TakePart)
  3. The chemical industry has spent millions on PR to deny a link between pesticide use and bee deaths. tweet this (Source: Greenpeace)
  4. In 1947 there were 6 million honey bee hives in the US. Today there are under 3 million. tweet this (Source: USDA)

Bees Have Historical Significance

  1. Bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for 10-20 million years. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
  2. Honey is mentioned in the Vedic texts and Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
  3. Honey was used in ancient Egyptian kitchens as a sweetening agent and as a tribute or form of payment. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
  4. Honey was used for medicinal purposes in American Colonies in the 17th Century. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)

Bees are Good For Business

  1. Honey bees provided for over $19 billion dollars in added value to the agriculture business in 2010. tweet this (Source: USDA)
  2. Commercial beekeeping businesses are commonly family businesses passed down for generations. tweet this (Source: National Honey Board)
  3. $150 million of honey is produced every year in the United States. tweet this (Source: TakePart)

BEES Like to Dance

  1. Honey bees communicate with “dancing” and pheromones.  tweet this

It's amazing to see how important bees are to life as we know it. We are not the only ones who think so. Let's look at some of the people fighting to save our pollinating friends.

Millions of People Agree That We Need to Save the Bees

  1. The US is phasing out GMOs and bee-killing pesticides in all wildlife refuges by 2016. tweet this (Source: TakePart)
  2. Greenpeace has collected over 500,000 signatures in their petition to save the bees. tweet this (Source: Greenpeace)
  3. Avaaz has collected over 3 million signatures in their petition to save the bees. tweet this (Source: Avaaz)
  4. Beyond Pesticides works to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. (
  5. New York City Beekeeping Organization educates and promotes the benefits of beekeeping to the world, tweet this (Source: NYC Beekeeping Organization) @nycbeekeepers
  6. Bee Weaver has been providing chemical-free bees and queens across the country and worldwide for 125 years.
  7. The ABF works in the interest of all beekeepers and those associated with the industry to ensure the future of the honey bee.
  8. Big Dipper Wax makes hand-crafted beeswax candles and donates 10% of net profits to organizations devoted to promoting sustainable beekeeping. 
  9. TakePart.com has dedicated a campaign to the health, well-being and restoration of the bee population.
  10. The good folks at @beeraw work to help save endangered bees and promote crucial-to-the-planet sustainability.
  11. The @vanishingbees documentary was created to reveal the shocking truth behind the declining bee population. @vanishingbees

We are doing our part

Learning about why the bees are so important inspired us to make a Bee Friendly Commitment, committing to save the bees and inspire other companies to do the same.

HELP SAVE THE Bees

We hope that you will help us spread the word about the importance of bees. Please take a moment to share this article or one of the 33 reasons why bees are important. :)

BEE FRIENDLY FUNDING

We are launching a national crowdfunding campaign in October to take our organic iced tea blends to the national level in new 16oz bottles. You can pre-order teas, By supporting our Indiegogo campaign, you are supporting an ethical company raising food quality standards and spreading awareness about the importance of saving the honey bees.

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SOURCES

TakePart

  • http://www.takepart.com/save-our-bees
  • http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/31/us-bans-gmos-bee-killing-pesticides-national-wildlife-refuges
  • http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/10/16/epa-pesticide-linked-bee-deaths-doesnt-protect-soybean-crops

National Honey Board

  • http://www.honey.com/honey-industry/honey-and-bee-research

GreenPeace SOS Bees Project

  • http://sos-bees.org/

USDA

  • http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=15572
  • http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5306468.pdf

Pesticide Action Network

  • http://www.panna.org/our-campaigns/save-our-bees

American Beekeeping Federation

  • http://www.abfnet.org/

One Planet

  • http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-bees-are-important-to-our-planet/