On the 20th May 2023, the world will celebrate Global Bee Day. In honour of this, we want to help spread awareness about the importance of bees, their role in the planet's ecosystem, and how we can take care of them.
What are the Positive Impact of Bees?
When we think of bees, the first thing that comes to mind is honey, which is a delicious food with several health benefits. It can be used as a sweetener in teas or desserts and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties, making it great for human consumption.
Beeswax is another valuable resource produced by bees and can be found in skincare or pharmaceutical products.
Pollination is one of the most crucial ways in which bees help not only people but also the environment. Bees help pollinate flowers and crops by carrying pollen from one to the other, using the hair on their legs. Bees are responsible for pollinating an estimated 90% of the world's wildflowers, and their contribution leads to a significant improvement in the quality of crops. While other species such as flies and wasps help with pollination, they tend to focus only on pollinating enough to benefit themselves. In contrast, bees cover much more land and are more effective at pollination.
What Would a World Without Bees Look Like?
If bees went extinct suddenly, we would lose a lot of our food sources, including honey, nuts, coffee, tomatoes, broccoli, and pumpkin. The price of cotton would also increase significantly as bees help to increase the amount of cotton produced.
Dairy cows would likely become extinct or rarer as they require pollinated food to survive, as do many other wild animals. Many medicines, such as morphine, are created from flowers that require bee pollination, so these would become rare, expensive or disappear from the market altogether. These are just a few ways bees contribute to our ecosystem.
It's not too late to educate ourselves and take steps to save the bees. Here are some things you can do to help:
- Plant a diverse range of wildflowers in your garden to attract bees all year round, especially those that survive in winter. A great way to do this would be by using a Seed Bomb. You can find a great selection of them from abraKadabramagic on Etsy, these are handmade in the UK and come in a variety of colours - they make a great gift too!
- Leave a water bowl outside to help bees gain regular access to water.
- Support organic food suppliers that don't use harsh pesticides or fertilisers.
- Avoid using pesticides in your own garden.
- If you see a struggling bee, help it by giving it a spoon of water and sugar.
- Choose raw and sustainable honey.
- Create awareness in your community by educating those around you about the importance of bees.
We hope this blog has shed light on the importance of bees and the ways in which we can help save them. To celebrate Global Bee Day, we have created a limited edition beehive sock colour to wear as a show of support for the bees. Shop below for your own pair.