22 May 2019
With the rapid decline of bees, our planet and the future of humankind is under threat. This World Bee Day on Monday, May 20th Australia Zoo and Crikey! Magazine are spreading the important message of how vital bees are to our environment.
Bees are essential to maintaining a healthy ecosystem, with almost 90 percent of wild flowering plants relying on bees, bats, birds and butterflies to spread their pollen which is vital to keeping people and the planet healthy.
Pollinators like bees, maintain biodiversity and a vibrant environment that agriculture depends on, and without this a staggering 75 percent of the world’s food crops simply wouldn’t exist.
Luke Reavley, Editor of Crikey! Magazine, said one in every three bites of food we eat is derived from plants pollinated by bees, so the loss of this keystone species would change the way we all live.
“Without bees we would have to forget life’s favourite treats like chocolate and coffee because these important insects are crutial to maintaining both human managed and natural ecosystems. We would also see the decline in other popular fruits and vegetables like blueberries, apples and cucumbers to name a few!”
In Australia and around the world, some of the biggest threats to bees and other pollinators like bats, birds and butterflies include habitat loss, the use of pesticides and climate change. The United Nations estimates that the annual value of global crops that depend on pollinators is estimated to be worth US$577 billion.
“At Australia Zoo we have recently introduced hives for native bees, which is not only wonderful for our gardens, but on a bigger scale, it also helps our local environment.
“Helping bees is really simple! Plant native, pollinator-friendly plants and get a native beehive for your garden - it makes a huge difference. This, along with avoiding pesticides will allow bees to carry out their important role in our environment,” said Luke.
In Australia alone, it’s estimated that there are around 2,000 species of bees, 11 of which are honeymaking bees. Contrary to popular belief, most bees don’t sting and are critically important to our survival.
This World Bee Day, Austalia Zoo and Crikey! Magazine are encouraging people to introduce a native beehive, native flowering plants and avoid using pesticides to help our environment flourish for generations to come.
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