Bees pollinate flowers, plants and crops that support other species (including humans). Without bees, our entire economy and the future well-being of our children and grandchildren would be at risk.
The successful seed and fruit production for plants relies on the transfer of pollen between flowers of the same species which leads to fertilization and the creation of seeds. These seeds then grow into new plants.
Normally, plants are pollinated by the wind or by animals such as the honey bee.
If you can understand that the bees of just one bee hive could visit 1000,000 flowers a day you can see just how important bees are to pollination.
In fact, thousands of these bees are moved back and forth across the USA every year or the sole purpose of pollinating plants such as almond trees in California, blueberries in Maine and the North East followed by the pollination of cranberry plants, orange trees, apple trees - all depending on the time of the year.
The industry of pollination is worth $15 billion in the US every year as these hard working bees pollinate 75% of all crops!
It is estimated that one in three of every mouthful eaten by people is owed to the bees.
That's why it is so worrying that more than twenty bee species have become extinct and a quarter of those left are on the threatened species list.
Colony Collapse Disorder is a serious sharp decline in bee populations both in the United States and elsewhere in the world which is catastropic.
It is a problem where bees are just completely disappearing, to the extent that in the United States alone they have declined by as much as 70% in 2 years which is a very serious problem.
Healthy colonies of bees can lose all their adult bees in a few hours and there are no signs of dead bees or where they have gone. The hive dies.
Bee keepers do not know what is causing the problem and suggestions that have been made are mites, a virus and more recently systemic pesticides.
Scientists worldwide are urgently trying to establish the causes of this vast problem.
Three reasons our bees need your help today: