Our fascination with the honeybee began thousands of years ago. This member of the insect order Hymenoptera plays a key role in the human and natural world. Honeybees are more than just honey producers – they are the best among all the stinging insects at creating formic acid – an essential acid and the basis for all plant life.
Honeybees are also the best pollinators. They are the only ones that over-winter as a colony – appearing on the scene in late winter/early spring with 10,000 worker bees (per hive) flying out to aid in pollination. They are also responsible for pollinating 40-70% of our diet – including some of the tastiest foods we eat such as apples, peaches, strawberries, nuts, avocados, broccoli, and cucumbers – as well as medicinal plants such as Echinacea, Angelica, Rosemary, & Sage.
Finally, we believe that the bees are a barometer – an early warning sign – for all that is unhealthy for us in the environment today. Depletion of the soil, pollution of our water and atmosphere, lack of plant diversity, increased use of toxins, a focus on profit over health – all of these threaten to destroy many forms of life, including our own.
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