On World Bee Day.. Facts about the diligent insect

On World Bee Day.. Facts about the diligent insect

On World Bee Day.. Facts about the diligent insect

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Bee Day on May 20 of each year, which bears the slogan “We are committed to protecting bees in pollinator-friendly agricultural production”, this year.

FAO called for action to protect bees and other pollinators through evidence-based agricultural production practices.

The organization stated in a report that bees have been and still are beneficial to humans, plants and the environment for centuries, noting that the transfer of pollen from one flower to another increases the diversity of fruits, nuts and seeds, achieving food security.

Facts about bees

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reviewed some scientific facts about bees, including that pollinators account for 35% of the total crop production worldwide, by pollinating 87 out of 115 major food crops worldwide.

While 75% of crops producing fruits and seeds for human consumption depend on pollinators, in many areas FAO has recorded a decline in the abundance of bees, pollinators and many other insects.

Global food security, proper nutrition and environmental preservation depend heavily on bees and other pollinators.

Bees and hypothermia

Bees tend not to cope well with cold temperatures. At around 50 °F (10 °C), swarms gather together in their hives, and by huddled together and shivering en masse, worker bees keep themselves warm enough to survive.

Honey bees store enough honey in time for the winter, for the creatures to live on.

Failure in this endeavor could lead to the destruction of the entire colony, and the male bees all suffer this fate, leaving the worker bees to ensure their own survival and that of the queen during this cold time.

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