Why Are Bees Important?

Bees are very important because they are the leading pollinators in the world. Humans depend on pollinators to help produce food crops. These pollinated crops contribute to one-third of the world’s food supply, according to Nature.com.

Without bees, the produce section at the market would be reduced by up to 50 percent and could pose a major threat to global agriculture. Some of the foods that are produced from pollinated plants include apples, lemons, carrots, onions and broccoli.

Since 2006, beekeepers have noticed that their honeybee colonies are decreasing; this phenomenon has been given the name Colony Collapse Disorder. More than 30 percent of honeybee colonies have been disappearing each year, according to Nature.com. The proposed reasons for the disappearance of the bees are due to pesticides and insecticides, the spread of viruses and disease, habitat loss, poor nutrition, the varroa mite and stress factors.

In parts of China, the need for hand pollination has already become a reality. Hand pollination by humans is far less efficient than the pollination work done by bees. Organizations such as the Xerces Society are seeking to educate people about the significance of bees, and are helping to promote survival of the bees through efforts like sending seeds to people to plant in their gardens to create bee-friendly environments.