Why are Bees Important?
Bees are widely known for producing honey and wax. They are also popular for the famous black and yellow striped look commonly portrayed in children's books and cartoons. But what most people are unaware of is that bees play an infinitely more relevant role in our environment as the best and most efficient pollinating agents in nature.
They are responsible for the reproduction and perpetuation of the flora, producing food, conserving the environment, and maintaining the balance of ecosystems. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), three out of four crops of fruits or seeds depend, either directly or indirectly, on pollinators.
As a pollinating agent, the honey bee is an important factor when it comes to the balance of the ecosystem. The process maintains the genetic diversity of plants that reproduce through flowers. This means that any ecosystem in which bees are present works naturally without any human interference.
Your morning coffee is also directly influenced by bees, as they are responsible for almost 25% of its production. They increase the quality of the coffee beans by making their size more uniform. Not only that, but bees are an important pollinator of several other major food crops such as cocoa, almonds, onions, apples, avocados, tomatoes, and berries.
Bees are also an important indicator of the quality of a habitat. The presence of a long-lasting colony of bees indicates how healthy an ecosystem is. Furthermore, bees are the most sensitive insects and have the least tolerance for climate change. So if you see a garden full of bees smile, it is a good sign.
It turns out that bees are excellent engineers too. Since the hive is so central to survival, honey bees are extremely focused on constantly perfecting its architectural design, with scientists claiming that they can even calculate angles.
Bees build particularly solid hexagonal cells and combs, which is considered the ideal shape to divide a space into equal parts. This technique has been reproduced by humans when building bridges, airplanes, and cars, giving extra strength to the materials.
More than an organic sweetener, bees’ honey has numerous benefits for our health and well-being. The produce is considered a natural antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, digestive, and diuretic, among others.
Honey is popularly used for treating sore throats, healing wounds, helping for digestive issues, and lowering blood pressure. It can also act against many inflammatory pathologies such as rheumatism, arthritis, and even multiple sclerosis.
At Bee Bodhi we understand the importance of bees for both the environment and our health. That is why we have a hands-off approach, taking only the access honey that bees don’t use. By practicing a more sustainable beekeeping, our main job is to serve, assist, and care for the hive. We deliver the most premium treasure that nature has to offer in its purest form, while creating a bee-conscious model, trusting that the bees know best.