Quite simply put, in order to eat, we need bees. They don’t get much more important than that. Or do they?
Throughout history, they have proved their worth. Romans used honey to heal wounds. Ancient Egyptians used it for embalming as well as treating intestinal ailments. In Ayurvedic terms, honey was considered the greatest gift to mankind for it’s ability to heal. The ancient Vedic civilisation used it for multiple purposes such as keeping healthy gums and teeth, treating irritating coughs and insomnia. Hippocrates suggested honey could help with baldness and as a form of contraception! So why are we killing them?
About one third of the food we consume relies heavily on honey bees pollinating it in the first place, from apples to zucchini! The effect of loosing bees, directly results in us loosing habitat as we know it, as well as the food we eat! What sort of a planet would we have should they disappear? Economically, we would be a lot poorer, environmentally more so. In the UK alone, many of the few remaining bee species are under threat, with some experiencing extinction. Much of the blame is placed on modern farming cultures. So why are we killing Bees, the very thing that gives us farming in the first place? Surely there is a way to protect both?
All we ask is that on this day, think before you step and please don’t step on a bee!
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