World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20 – which was a couple of days ago, today being 25th. On this day Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734. The purpose of the celebration is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the food chain.
You ask: “What do I have in common with tiny buzzing insects?” Well, your livelihood depends on them. Be thankful, but don’t get stung.
From farm to your dining table, it’s a bee magic
Bees are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees.
Many domestic and imported fruits and vegetables require pollination. Examples include avocados, soybeans, and sunflowers for oil, cucumbers, cherries, berries and melons. Similarly, honey bee plays an essential role in pollination of commercial crops, with around 80% of the West African crop said to be dependent on honey bees.
Even if a crop is not directly pollinated by a honey bee, the crop still benefits indirectly from being in an environment in which honey bees are working, due to the increased biodiversity in the area which stimulates the crop.
In addition, honey bees play a significant role in the pollination of other important crops such as cotton and flax. And there are also a number of valuable non-food products produced by the honey bee, such as beeswax used in cleaning and beauty products .
What is often ignored is the fact that bees also pollinate foods eaten by other animals and birds. Birds and mammals rely on berries, seeds and also some fruits and nuts.
So you see, bees play a vital role in the whole food chain!
Bees are awesome because they have much to teach us! For example, they have inspired scientific and engineering projects such as the use of hexagons in engineering.
Now to the sweet part…
Much has been said about the importance of these amazing insects in the food chain, but now, let’s talk about what we know them for, honey.
In the process of pollination and all, bees produce a sweet liquid substance known as honey. Honey is a sweet, thick liquid made by honeybees….
The bees collect sugar — mainly the sugar-rich nectar of flowers — from their environment. Once inside the beehive, they repeatedly consume, digest and regurgitate the nectar. The end product is honey, a liquid that serves as stored food for bees. The smell, color and taste depend on the types of flowers visited.
Benefits of honey consumption
Honey has many health benefits, among which are:
- Immune boosting (especially local honey).
- Honey contains some nutrients essential to the human body.
- High-quality honey Is rich in antioxidants.
- Honey Is “Less Bad” than Sugar for Diabetics.
- The Antioxidants in It can help lower blood pressure.
- Honey also helps improve cholesterol
- Honey can lower Triglycerides. Elevated blood triglycerides are another risk factor for heart disease. So essentially, honey may help in reducing the risk of heart diseases
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