1. The Role of the Bee – the next time you see a bee buzzing around, remember that much of the food we eat depends significantly on natural insect mediated pollination – the key ecosystem service that bees and other pollinators provide.
2. “If wild pollinator declines continue, we run the risk of losing a substantial proportion of the world’s flora”.
3. Bees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems. A third of all our food depends on their pollination. A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production.
4. Who would pollinate all the crops? Hand-pollination is extremely labour-intensive, slow and expensive.
5. The economic value of bees’ pollination work has been estimated around € 265 billion annually, worldwide.
So, also from a purely economic point of view, it pays to protect the bees.
6. Bees make more than honey – they are key to food production because they pollinate crops. Bumblebees, other wild bees, and insects like butterflies, wasps, and flies all provide valuable pollination services.
7. A third of the food that we eat depends on pollinating insects: vegetables like zucchini, fruits like apricot, nuts like almonds, spices like coriander, edible oils like canola, and many more.
8. In Europe alone, the growth of over 4,000 vegetables depends on the essential work of pollinators. But currently, more and more bees are dying. The bee decline affects mankind too. Our lives depend on theirs.
9. Insecticides in particular pose the most direct risk to pollinators. As their name indicates, these are chemicals designed to kill insects, and they are widely applied in the environment, mostly around cropland areas.
10. Bees’ woes have been pinned to a number of factors, including the mass conversion of pollen-rich meadows into heavily farmed land for staples such as corn and soy beans.