The United Nations designated May 20 as World Bee Day to raise awareness about pollinators, their contributions and threats they face.
In the state of Yucatan, the beekeeping sector has a fundamental importance, since thousands of Yucatecan families depend on this industry. In addition, Yucatan honey is exported to several countries on three continents and it is recognized as one of the best quality in the world.
“Honey is obviously just a tiny part of the importance of bees.”
André Flys (head of Ontario Beekeepers’ Association)
Bees are incredibly intelligent, sophisticated creatures, and when you start paying attention to their habits and the way that they work, it’s quite fascinating.
One of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from blueberries to almonds. Our shelves and our grocery stores would be a very different place without pollinators out there.
Bees are just another one of those casualties caused by human activity, in which we’re losing forage and habitat for them just like many other animal species. We’re exposing them to pesticides and fungicides and they’re having a very hard time surviving.
Celebrating World Bee Day!
Help care for our bees and their health by:
> planting bee-friendly plants
> refraining where possible from using pesticides
> offering a habitat for them – such as an insect hotel or shallow water.#worldbeeday #savethebees pic.twitter.com/jcxvCZECTp
— Apiculture NZ (@Apiculture_NZ) 19 de mayo de 2019
According to the United Nations, the absence of an appropriate habitat for bees could lead to a continuous decline in pollination. Mono-cropping and higher temperatures associated with climate change, are just a few of the contributing factors putting bee populations at risk.
Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity – a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals.