World Bee Day: protecting our important pollinators

World Bee Day is celebrated worldwide on May 20, a day that highlights the importance of bees for our environment and our food production. Despite their immense importance, bee populations around the world are under threat. Habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change are just some of the challenges bees face. Bees are responsible for pollinating over 75% of the world's crops.

 

Their industrious work not only ensures the diversity of our food, but also contributes to the preservation of ecosystems and the stability of agricultural production. Without the pollination service provided by bees, many plant species would disappear, which would have a direct impact on the availability of food and the diversity of nature.

 

World Bee Day is an opportunity not only to emphasize the importance of pollination by bees, but also to celebrate the variety of products that we owe to bees. Bee products such as honey, pollen, beeswax, beeswax candles, honey wine, cosmetic products, oxymel and propolis drops are not only delicious and versatile, but also offer a wealth of health benefits.

 

If the bees and other beneficial insects disappear, the whole system collapses, because 90% of wild flowering plants and 75% of our crops depend on these animals.

 

Problem areas and their solutions

There are many reasons for the worldwide bee mortality. Tierschutz Austria has summarized the biggest problems and the corresponding solutions:

 

1. problem of "loss of habitat": Due to intensive agriculture, soil consumption and environmental pollution, many insects are losing their habitat and finding less food.

Solution: Private individuals can plant bee-friendly plants such as lavender, marigolds or dill. Cutting grass infrequently and letting it grow instead also helps.

 

2nd problem: "Pesticides and fertilizers": Insecticides are harmful or toxic to bees. Weedkillers, on the other hand, attack important food sources and destroy them. The animals find less food, which further decimates populations.

Solution: Politicians are called upon to develop comprehensive solutions to minimize the use of pesticides in agriculture, but harmful fertilizers and pesticides should also be avoided in private use.

 

3rd problem: "Climate change and its consequences": The climate crisis is changing the habitat of bees. Different flowering times, sudden temperature fluctuations and longer warm periods are causing insects problems.

Solution: Provide bee drinking troughs in hot weather, offer cooling with damp gravel or moss. In the long term, measures to combat the climate crisis are unavoidable.

 

By buying regional bee products and supporting local beekeepers, we can help to secure the future of these important pollinators and at the same time benefit from the diverse products they offer us. Or you can become a bee sponsor!

 

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