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WORLD BEE DAY

Three out of four crops across the globe producing fruits, or seeds for use as human food depend, at least in part, on bees and other pollinators. Photo: FAO/Greg Beals

May 20th was designated by the UN as World Bee Day due to the importance of pollination for the survival of our ecosystems. Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend on animal pollination, as well as 75% of food crops and 35% of agricultural land. In addition to contributing directly to food security, pollinators are also essential for biodiversity conservation.

This year (2021) there will be the fourth commemoration of World Bee Day. It will be a virtual event organized by FAO, with the theme “The engaged bee – Build better for the bees”.

The event, in addition to discussing the threats represented by COVID-19, will discuss ways to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development. This would contribute significantly to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminating hunger in developing countries.

You can participate in the event on May 20, 2021, at 13:00 (CEST), as well as follow the conversations on social networks using the hashtags #WorldBeeDay #Savethebees.

What would a world without bees look like? 

Did you know that there are several fruits and vegetables that depend on the pollination of bees?

Bees play an essential role in the preservation of ecosystems. They pollinate a third of what we eat. About 84% of crops for human consumption depend on pollinators.

If there were no pollinators, we would not have Almonds, Apples, Blueberries, Cucumbers, Onions, Pumpkins or Strawberries.

7 fruits and veggies that depend on bees!

Bees have inspired many interesting stories around the world, such as young people from Somaliland, Syrians, beekeepers from Mexico, sweet honey from Azerbaijan and William Shakespeare’s fascination with bees. Discover all the stories that were inspired by these little pollinators on the website http://www.fao.org/world-bee-day/stories-on-bees/en/.

The bees even have a song composed by Michael Omer, called Flight of the Bumblebees. If you are curious watch the music at the following address: https://youtu.be/dttLTlYVeyE.

There are several measures in the world to prevent the progression of the extinction of bees. Among these measures, we can highlight the development of organic farming, the control of bee diseases and the European project Bee Doc, which aims to develop new diagnostic tools and new strategies for preventing diseases in bees.

Because of the pandemic and therefore the reduced movement of people, the bees managed to recover faster and returned to frequent places where they were no longer seen. In addition, during the pandemic, honey consumption also increased. People are consuming more honey, because it is a healthy food and boosts immunity.

We love bees and you, guys? 

Let’s help preserving our beautiful bees and our precious environment!

Please tell us what do you think! 🙂

Cheers,

Andrea Luz

CEO of ROO BAGS®

 

Sources:

https://www.awe.gov.au/news/stay-informed/events

https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day

https://abelha.org.br/

https://jra.abae.pt/plataforma/artigo/a-importancia-do-ser-abelha-extincao-das-abelhas-provocaria-extincao-dos-humanos-em-4-anos/

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