May 20 is in the world dedicated to bees and beekeeping.
In New York in 2017, the United Nations unanimously supported the Decision on the introduction of World Bee Day. The chosen date was the birthday of the Slovenian zoologist Antoan Jansha (May 20, 1734), who is considered one of the pioneers of modern beekeeping and the greatest expert on bees at that time. He was very famous and recognized in the world, and Maria Theresa appointed him at the palace as her teacher of beekeeping.
Also, May is the month in which nature blooms a lot in the northern hemisphere, and in the southern hemisphere it’s autumn – when bee products are collected and the honey season begins.
Bees are one of the indicators of a safe environment. They are in charge of pollinating three quarters of all plant species and almost a third of the world’s food production depends on their work. They provide us with very high quality food such as honey and royal jelly, but also the production of other products such as bee venom, beeswax and propolis.
As such – they play a major role in agriculture. Pollination-dependent plants are a great source of income for farmers, especially small and family households. Their work actually provided jobs and income for a large number of people on earth.
In recent years, these insects have become increasingly endangered. The World Conservation Union (IUCN) states in its report that almost 10% are on the verge of extinction, 5% are endangered, and we have no data for almost 60% of species. A drastic drop in pollinators has been noticed all over the world, while on the other hand, the need for pollination is growing. That is why human civilization is looking for new ways and methods to pollinate.
In addition to problems with queens, various viral and bacterial diseases, the sudden disappearance of bee pastures and the high speed of urbanization are another reason for the death of bees. There are more and more monocultures and new, more invasive technologies for lawn processing, as well as the huge use of plant protection products.
We should not forget that all this leads to the creation of new pests, which are also spreading even faster around the world due to all these problems. This means that by preserving bees, we are also working on preserving the balance in nature and biodiversity.
Their survival depends on clean water, unpolluted air and the general state of the environment. That is why it is necessary for the state, organizations and even individuals to work on the problem at different levels so that these species can perform one of the most important processes on earth.
Albert Einstein stated: “If bees disappear, people will disappear in 4 years.” Let’s not allow the extinction of these most important creatures on earth together.
We invite you to take a look at our previous posts on the site today and follow our further work. Plant flowers and trees that would be useful for these insects, and in case you are engaged in agriculture – try to avoid pesticides.
These small changes can lead to big results!