Where would we be without the honey bee? It's a scary thought, and it's not just the sweet honey we would miss—it would be the more than 100 crops that are pollinated by these busy bees (almonds, apples, broccoli, carrots, citrus, onions....). An estimated 50-80 percent of the world's food supply is affected by bee pollination.
In recent years, the honey bee population has been in decline and scientists point to pesticide use and climate change as contributing factors. Thankfully, environmental organizations and others are working to save the bees. The organizers of National Honey Bee Day are among those raising awareness of the honey bee's struggle and one of their recommendations is to support local bee keepers. Done! That's something we do at our certified farmers' markets, where you'll find bee keepers and purveyors of local honey and its by-products.
More on honey bees, honey and helping save the bees:
National Honey Bee Day (Saturday, August 16, 2014)
Why We Need Bees (NRDC PDF fact sheet)
6 Delicious Health Benefits of Honey (Mind Body Green)
Selecting Plants for Pollinators (Pollinator Partnership)
Honey at our certified farmers' markets:
Energy Bee Farm at our Monterey Park Farmers' Market