World Honey Bee Day was formally known as Honey Bee Awareness Day and was the brainchild of beekeepers in the US who, in 2009, petitioned the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) for an official day to honor bees and beekeepers. A few years later, the event became so successful that beekeepers around the globe started joining in. The name was changed to reflect the global beekeeping community. No matter where we live, bees are important. Everybody's got to eat and bees play a huge part in helping to produce the foods we love. Every third bite of the foods that humans eat is the result of pollinators like the honey bees.
Honey bees travel great distances to collect pollen. And it's because of their hard work and long journeys that humans can enjoy foods like cucumbers, pumpkins, and apples. Crops like blueberries and cherries are 90-percent dependent on pollination! In fact, honey bees are so important that some farmers will transport hives onto their farms to provide pollination for their crops.
Canola plants provide an ideal food source for honey bees, it's nectar is great for honey production because the canola flowers have large quantities of pollen for the bees to eat and spread, Studies have shown that when pollinated by bees, canola plants actually produce a measurably higher yield. Thus, canola farmers have one of the most productive relationships with bees.
The coexistence between farmers and bees needs to be protected. Honey bees need healthy crops and healthy crops need honey bees. And humans reap the benefits with better and more plentiful foods. The involvement of honey bees in the growth of their crops is essential for farmers to maintain their livelihood. it's also necessary if people are to continue to enjoy the foods they love. Bees are beautiful and necessary for a healthy life... so please bee kind!
I wish everyone a bee-U-tee-ful weekend and don't forget to sweeten things up with a little natural honey. Until Monday, I wish you all love, joy, and