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The Importance of Bee Pollination

            "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man" (Albert Einstein). This quote shows the importance of bees in our society and, people have been depending on bees for a very long time because they pollinate things like, agricultural crops, home gardens, orchards and wildlife habitat. Pollination is an important and invisible factor in the food chain, and the major pollinators in the world are bees. As bees travel from blossom to blossom in search of nectar, they transfer pollen from plant to plant, thus fertilizing the plants and enabling them to bear fruit. Many people think of bees simply as a summertime nuisance. But these small and hard-working insects actually make it possible for many of our favorite foods to reach our table. Bees establish a very vital role in the pollination process of the vegetables, fruits, and nuts in our shopping carts and harvesting baskets. Besides crops, Domesticated and wild Bees pollinate more than 16 percent of the worlds' flowering plant species, which would vanish without Bees. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about one-third of the human diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants and that the honey bee is responsible for 80 percent of this pollination. We can use all the technology that is bestowed up us, we can give our plants the right amounts of soil, water, and sunlight, but until these buzzy beings intervene, all of our work is, literally, fruitless. .
             Bees are truly amazing creatures, found in just about every region of the world from the Arctic tundra to the towering peaks of the Himalayas. Bees gather pollen and nectar for their own survival, they also pollinate many different crops such as apples, cranberries, melons and broccoli. Some crops, including blueberries and cherries, are 90-percent dependent on honey bee pollination; one crop, almonds, depends entirely on the honey bee for pollination at bloom time.

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