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Yeah, we get it. Bees can sting. Who likes that part? Well, there is more to this story, much more!

The Importance of Bees

The most important thing bees do is pollinate. Pollination is critically needed for plants to reproduce–and bees play a major role.

beesHow does this work? When bees collect pollen from a plant’s flower, some of the pollen from the male reproductive organ of the flower sticks to the hairs of their bodies. When bees visit the next flower, some of that pollen rubs off onto the female productive organ of the flower. When this process happens, fertilization becomes possible. Fruit, which carries seed, can then develop.

Why bees matter
Well, aside from the fact that every living organism matters, bees are one of the main characters responsible for many of the foods and crops upon which we have come to rely as a society. Been pollination is crucial. Here are some of the crops that benefit from bee pollination:

Alfalfa
Almonds
Apples
Asparagus
Beans
Beets
Blackberries
Blueberries
Brussels sprouts
Buckwheat
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
Celery
Cherries
Chestnuts
Chives
Clover
Cranberries
Cucumber
Currants
Eggplant
Flax
Garlic
Gooseberries
Grapes
Horseradish
Kale
Lettuce
Mustard
Onions
Parsley
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Pumpkins
Radishes
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Squash
Strawberries
Sunflowers
Sweet potatoes
Turnip
Watermelon

That is quite the list, right? With bees increasingly scarce across North America and with them serving as one of the most important characters behind our food, it is no wonder researchers across the US are trying to figure out what is happening. Bees are not just dying. They have seemingly vanished.

Imagine a world without a bee? We can’t, but our children might be able to in the very near future.

Have questions? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919. We don’t really have answers, but we can do our part to make sure we take care of our environment the best we can.

Want to learn more about bees? Stay tuned for more blogs in the future.

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