Resources: Bee Facts

Facts about the Western Honey Bee – Apis Mellifera

Pollinators contribute more than $24 billion to the United States economy. Honey bee pollination adds more than $15 billion in value to US agricultural corps each year, supporting diets plentiful with fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

Bees have survived over 100 million years of evolution but it has taken us less than 30 years to endanger them to the point of extinction.

The consequence of a dying bee population impacts man at the highest levels of our food chain posing an enormously grave threat to human survival.

Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) as this loss of bee phenomenon has been called is currently recognized as an urgent crisis according to the USDA.

From the hive keepers to the commercial farmers – bees remain in deep trouble as their colonies continue to struggle.

Commercial bees raised on farms and then shipped to other farms in the country used for pollinate purposes along with wild bees are responsible for pollination of an estimated 80% of all food crops in the US…

Honey bees enable the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops in North America. Globally, 87 of the leading 115 food crops evaluated are dependent on animal pollinators, contributing 35% of global food production.

References:

National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

US Dept of Agriculture Economic Research Service

Pollinator Partnership

The Honey Bee Health Coalition