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Why bees and bees’ pollination are important to the ecosystem and humans

The ecosystem exists in a state of harmony and balance, and when one component of that ecosystem is out of sync, the whole system is thrown off. Bees are an integral part of a healthy ecosystem, as we count on bees’ pollination for a variety of food.
Intensive agriculture, climate change and new bee-diseases mean that honeybees can no longer survive without beekeepers to look after them. The problem is not just honeybees. Other pollinating insects like butterflies and solitary bees are also threatened. The bees need our help – and we need the bees.
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1) Pollination
Bees’ pollination efforts are responsible for a wide diversity of wild flowers and many crops depend on them. In fact, without bees’ pollination, there would be far less food in general. If bees did not pollinate in the wild, some vegetation would become extinct, leaving space for invasive, problematic species to take over. Animals that eat the extinct vegetation would then die off, followed by the carnivorous animals that eat the herbivores – it is a chain reaction.
Crops consumed by humans are also dependent on bees. For example, apples, pears, cucumbers, cherries and other flowering/fruiting crops depend on bees to fertilize the flowers so that fruit will develop. When a bee gets nectar from a flower, it gets coated in pollen. The bee then carries this pollen to another flower, fertilizing it and causing the flower to develop into a fruit. Without pollination, many flowering crops would not yield fruit, or would yield very little.

2) Bee products
Human health is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of bee products. Here are some important items that bees provide that can benefit humans.

Honey – Honey is not just another sweetener. Raw, unfiltered honey that has had minimal processing from hive to jar has many healthful benefits. It contains all sorts of vitamins, including phosphorous, iron, vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, K.
Beeswax – This natural, beautiful product has been used to make candles, lip balm, cosmetics, crayons, moisturizers, and other items.
Royal jelly – Worker bees produce this white, milky substance to feed the queen. It has vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids and is considered a health food for humans.
Venom – Yes, even bees’ venom has a use. It is used in the development of products to treat stings, and has even been used to relieve arthritis pain.

As you can see, the bee is an important component of the ecosystem, and we humans, as part of the ecosystem, benefit greatly from bees’ efforts.


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