Bees are the most common species on earth. A bee typically visits 7,000 flowers a day. Four million flowers have to be visited to produce one kilo of honey. Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival of an ecosystem. It contributes the highest to the agricultural yield in the world, far better than all other agricultural management practices. They make up the majority of wild pollinators, including over 20,000 species of bees.
Local bees help farmers improve crop yields and increase income.
However, promotion and adoption of single exotic species, Apis Mellifera, is affecting the bee diversity. This bee, suitable for monoculture, is not helpful for small and marginal farmers in the longer run.
The large presence of Apis Mellifera creates stiff competition over access to pollen and nectar among Indian native bee species.
Even our Indian scientists have observed the release of wild bees. They play an important role in forest regeneration
To protect bees and other pollinators, farmers and the public must change the way they plant native plants in gardens, forests and parks. Avoid pesticides that affect pollinators
with bees; Conservation of diverse habitats that support bee and related insect populations; If possible, keep a bowl of water for the bees to eat and give sugar solution to the bees in the summer months.
Health benefits of Honey
Of course bees give us honey. This is one of many reasons to thank bees. Honey is a thick golden-yellow liquid produced by bees from the nectar of flowering plants. The types of flowers bees choose can affect the texture, aroma and taste of honey, resulting in different types of honeys such as orange flower, clover, acacia honey and manuka flower honey.
Adding a little honey to your diet has many nutritional benefits. Due to the presence of antioxidants in raw honey, it has many benefits. They contain phenolic compounds such as flavonoids and organic acids. The antioxidants present in honey may reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack and some cancers. It is also believed to help with eye health.
There are studies that suggest that honey can help improve your cholesterol levels. If you have high levels of LDL cholesterol, you are at higher risk of heart disease. This type of cholesterol plays an important role in atherosclerosis, where fatty deposits form in the arteries, leading to heart attack and stroke. Several studies show that honey can help improve cholesterol levels. This is because it increases the good HDL cholesterol and lowers the total bad LDL cholesterol.
Not only can you benefit from consuming honey, but it has also been used as a topical treatment to treat burns and wounds for many years. In fact, it can be dated to ancient Egypt. The researchers concluded that honey’s healing power stems from its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, as well as its ability to nourish the tissue around the injured are.
Why a World Bee Day?
We can increase awareness of the vital roles bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the earth healthy by commemorating World Bee Day each year, as well as the numerous problems bees face today. World Honey Bee Day, previously known as Honey Bee Awareness Day, is an idea put together by beekeepers in the USA, who petitioned the USDA in 2009 for an official day to honour honey bees and beekeeping. A few years down the line, people across the globe are holding a date of observation every year.
We also recommend that you take the time to learn more about the honey bee on this day and how we can all do our bit in order to provide them with a supportive environment. When we plant orchards, wildflowers, and other types of flowering plants, we are supporting pollinators, which include honey bees. Honey bees depend on the nectar of different plants in order to survive. We also need to recognise that we depend on honey bees for our own survival. After all, if they did not pollinate, a lot of the nutritious plants that we need would not reproduce. It’s all about the circle of life, and we should do our bit to help other species along the way.
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