Bees are more Important to the Ecosystem and Economy than you may think

Over the last few years, there has been an alarming decrease in bee population. On average the bee population in the United States has dropped by nearly a third. Factors that facilitate the loss of bees include pesticide exposure, invasive parasitic mites, decreased food supply and viruses. Why does this matter? Well bee populations are crucial to the agriculture industry and losing them could cost the United States 15 billion dollars in agriculture loss. The US department of agriculture has a allocated only 20 million dollars in effort to help the bee population but it simply isn’t enough. Many of the fruits and vegetables that we see everyday at the supermarket are a result of honey bee pollination.

Fruits and Nuts Vegetables Field Crops
  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocadoes
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cherries
  • Citrus
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwifruit
  • Loganberries
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Nectarines
  • Olives
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums/Prunes
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Onions
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash
  • Watermelons
  • Alfalfa Hay
  • Alfalfa Seed
  • Cotton Lint
  • Cotton Seed
  • Legume Seed
  • Peanuts
  • Rapeseed
  • Soybeans
  • Sugar Beets
  • Sunflowers

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Another major reason why bee population have been dwindling is due to habitat fragmentation. Fewer suitable habitats with ultimately decrease the bee population density in that area. A way we can all contribute to aiding bee populations in by planting and gardening bee friendly flowers.

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