Monday, 25 October 2021
How important are bees?
"Without bees, our planet would be destroyed in 4 years."
Although Einstein never said that phrase, as we often read, the truth underneath it is universal: bees play a very important role in our lives.
But have you ever wondered “how come”?
Muses Honey, a company that produces honey, combining traditional beekeeping techniques with the most modern honey standardization facilities in Greece, has all the answers.
Why are bees important?
There is significant evidence to suggest that both pure honey and other honey products or honey-based products have potentially beneficial properties.
Especially with regard to Greek honey, which is considered by many to be the best honey in the world, we have a natural sweetener with many attributed properties for thousands of years. Moreover, several recipes with honey continue to have passionate supporters!
However, it is the role of bees as pollinators that makes them vital to global food production.
That is to say, even if we set the possible nutritional value of honey aside, we can still recognize the important role that bees play in the preservation of biodiversity and, consequently, in our (nutritional) safety.
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The role of bees in pollination
In recent years, it has become clear that pure honey may no longer be the most important reason to protect the bees.
This is because bees play a key role in pollination, in which they transport pollen between plants.
So, even more important than the production of honey, is the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.
Let's talk data:
- About 75% of crops is based on animal pollination.
- Of all the animals, bees are the predominant pollinators of both wild and cultivated plants: they visit over 90% of the world's top 107 crops.
In other words, bees are not only essential for honey production, but also for the growth of many plants, including food.
It is also worth noting that, given the role of bees in pollinating food crops, there is a direct correlation between their presence and the economic well-being of farmers worldwide!
How does man affect bees?
Modern agricultural practices and pesticides, global warming and the growth of urban centers that reduce the available "space" of bees are just some of the reasons why their number is declining.
Experts are worried about the impact this will have on global food supplies, especially fruits, nuts, and vegetables, as it could lead to significant nutritional deficiencies.
What can we do to help?
Green backyards and gardens can be vital resources for bees. Especially beekeeping plants can contribute to the health and number of bees by providing shelter and food.
In turn, beekeepers and every honey company, such as Muses Honey, will continue practicing the art of beekeeping with respect towards the bee, in order to maintain quality Greek honey without impacting the environment.
Greek legislation makes every effort so that we continue to enjoy the best honey in the world, by setting specific distances between bee colonies and urban centers and/or roads.
Read further: Which honey is the best in the world?
We must not forget that bees are of great environmental importance as honey producers and pollinators, because pollen is essential for plant reproduction - as long as they thrive, crops thrive.
So let's do our best to continue enjoying pure honey, keeping the ecosystem called Earth, healthy!
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