5 Ways Bees Impact Your Life

Bees can seem like a necessary evil. They pollinate many things we need but they can also be a nuisance and cause us pain if we disturb them. So why is the bee decline so concerning? They are tons of pollinators, but bees have a bigger impact on our lives than we think. This post will dive into the top 5 ways that bees make our lives livable.

Bees help feed us.Urban gardening strawberries

According to the Pollination and Floral Ecology Textbook, the total value of crop pollination in the U.S. is estimated to be between $20-$40 billion per year. The estimated value of honeybees is about $5-$14 billion per year for roughly 63 U.S. crops. If you enjoy any of these fruits and vegetables, you should be concerned about bees.

  • Alfalfa
  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Buckwheat
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Chestnuts
  • Chives
  • Clover
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumber
  • Currants
  • Eggplant
  • Flax
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapes
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turnip
  • Watermelon etc.

Bees provide us clothing. 6288231163_69d9903162_z

Do you enjoy wearing cotton? It’s a great breathable, natural fiber for both cool and hot climates. If enjoy having cotton as a reasonably priced option fro clothing, bees are responsible for at least half of the pollination of the cotton plant.

They give us skin care products.

Beeswax has been proven to have healing effects on the skin and is present in many skincare products. One of my favorite lip balms is made by Burt’s Bees.

They give us medicinal products.

Many people are familiar with beeswax, however there is another substance that bees make that has healing properties, propolis. Propolis is a resin-like substance that bees collect from trees and other sources. They mix it with a little bit of honey to seal tiny cracks in their beehive. This propolis has been shown to work as a natural antibiotic, treat infections and even soothe minor burns among other things.

Bees give us aesthetic surroundings

15045568809_b24591e318_zSometimes the beauty of nature around us is underappreciated and we don’t notice the hard work of the pollinators that make our landscape enjoyable. Bees pollinate many beautiful flowers that we love to look at and smell, and they also pollinate trees, many that provide fruits and nuts for us.

Overall, bees are an essential part of our every day life. Even though there are many synthetic products made today, the cost of synthetic pollination would be astronomical. We need bees to maintain our lifestyle and since they provide their services free of charge, it’s time we take care of our humble bees. For more information you can visit savebees.org to see what the current efforts are and how you can help save the bees.

 

Sources: Photos come from Creative Commons License on Flickr
Pollination and Floral Ecology Textbook
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Express UK News Articles Online
Global Healing Center

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