I came across interesting articles about declining bee populations and was dismayed by its impact on us, our health, and the environment. Now, I don’t like bees (I had an awful encounter with one when I was little) but their importance for our survival can’t be overlooked.
Here’s what our grocery stores look like now. We still have bees around to help pollinate our crops and produce honey. Great, right? Look at all that food!
…And here’s what our grocery stores would look like if we didn’t have bees.
Doesn’t look that great, does it? I don’t know about you, but I can’t survive on oranges and tomatoes (and is that onions in the back?) for the rest of my life.
According to this article, 52% of the produce department would no longer exist on shelves without bees around to help pollinate essential plants we eat on a daily basis – including things like apples, onions, avocados, carrots, mangoes, lemons, limes, honeydew, cantaloupe, zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, cucumbers, celery, green onions, cauliflower, leeks, bok choy, kale, broccoli, broccoli rabe and mustard greens.
So the next time you see a beehive near your house, leave it alone! (Also, did you know that once a bee stings you, it dies? That doesn’t make it likely for you to be stung by one unless you bother it, now does it?)
I hope you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for more cool things! :)