On World Bee Day, actions are needed to Save the Bees

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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 Guanajuato, the beekeeping sector has a fundamental importance, since thousands of families depend on this industry. In addition, local honey is exported to several countries 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.

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.

Source: https://www.un.org/

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