Honey bees: Why these pollinators are so important

World Bee Day is celebrated annually to commemorate the birth date of Anton Jansa, who is considered to be the pioneer of beekeeping.

The environmental day was established by the United Nations General Assembly for the key role that bees play regarding sustainable development.

THE INFLUENCE THAT THESE INSECTS HAVE ON OUR FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

Through the face of the pandemic, humanity has come to appreciate life and indirectly realized the significant role which these flying insects play. According to the United Nations,

“Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land. These small insects are responsible not only for our food security but are also key to supporting biodiversity.”

Bees, more specifically the Apis mellifera (meaning honey-bearing bee) is the most domesticated bee around the world and produces something valuable to humans — honey. Produced by honey bees, this bee pollen carries many health benefits above and beyond its use as a natural sweetener.

Honey has been found to heal wounds, fight viral infections, relieve cold and flu symptoms, and stabilize cholesterol above other healing powers. Not forgetting the use of honey as a cosmetic solution for dry skin, chapped lips, and hair masks.

HOW YOU CAN ‘BEE’ A HERO

The theme for 2020 is Save The Bees as these industrious workers are under threat from daily human activities. Apart from supporting organizations and beekeeping initiatives, here are some things that you can do at home:

  • Avoid the use of pesticides in your garden
  • Plant a variety of flowers in your garden which flower at various times of the year
  • Buy raw honey from local farmers
  • Don’t forget to make a safe watering hole, small enough so that insects in your garden don’t drown.

Making honey is hard work. Let’s protect its creators.

Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/