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Many people see them as nothing more than stinging pests, but bees are much more than that. Bees play a vital role in our daily lives by helping to grow the food we eat and we must learn how to live with them sustainably.
Number One Pollinators
Bees are the number one pollinators in agriculture. They are responsible for pollinating an estimated 90% of the food-producing plants world-wide. From the home garden to the agricultural acreage, bees are responsible for the majority of the pollination process.
If there are too many bees in one area, there’s a problem within that environment. The same holds true for an area that has very few bees. The health of an environmental area can help be determined by observing the bee population.
Bees Promote Biodiversity
Bees thrive on feeding off a diverse variety of plants. All the cross-pollination that occurs from their varied diets is essential for preserving and protecting ecological balance and biodiversity in nature.
The bees promote biodiversity for both for plants and animals. They keep the plants thriving that feed the herbivores so they can keep thriving and so on down the line so the cycle of life is sustainable.
Green Spaces Needed
To help sustain the bee population we need green spaces. Roof tops in urban environments are being transformed into green spaces that grow bee-friendly plants.
Community gardens in cities across the nation are planting several different species of plants to attract and feed bees. Suburban and rural area residents are learning how to plant and grow bee gardens that are not only filled with pollen and nectar but are beautiful and increase property value.
Sustain The Bees
Help sustain the bees in your area by growing some of their favorite plants. Bee balm, purple coneflowers, black-eyed Susan, blazing star, zinnias, sunflowers, summer squash, tomatoes, mint, and fruit trees provide a rich buffet for bees.
Living sustainably with bees is helping us to live a sustainable lifestyle.