Pollinators are essential to life and to the biodiversity of our planet. Ninety percent of flowering plants need pollinators and honey bees pollinate 80% of agricultural crops in the United States. One third of our diet, and arguably the most nutritious, comes from plants that require pollination by honey bees! The need for honey bee pollination services has increased nationwide due to the market demand for foods like nuts, orchard fruits, berries, and numerous vegetables. It is critical that we protect our pollinators.
This significant annual loss has put enormous pressure on our commercial beekeepers. Imagine if you were a cherry farmer and you were losing a third of your crop every year? The effort extended to keep the overall honey bee population relatively stable comes at a substantial cost of time and money to beekeepers who are forced to create new colonies by splitting existing colonies in half. This is not a sustainable business model! SAVE the BEE hopes to inspire serious action to prevent further honey bee population loss.
These assaults pose a significant threat to bees, beekeepers, and our food systems worldwide.