I have been thinking of these little creatures a lot this week with it being "Bee Week" in New Zealand and all. It is our first "Bee Week" and unfortunately there has been very little publicity for it, mainly scattered over the news websites. Now I wonder how that is going to reach everyone? Here's a link to a release from our Prime Minister John Keys in the Bee Hive...As busy as a Bee
With my name meaning Honeybee I have always had a connection, I love honey (it's my preferred sweetener) and the special healing properties of Manuka honey, that is unique to my country New Zealand. It's such a versatile natural super food and medicinal elixir. And I too have a sting and I know when to use it appropriately. Thankfully for me I don't die when I do, though I probably should.
The thought of these little animals dying off really frightens me. Without bee's we have no ecosystem. Without an ecosystem we all cease to live.
Therefore we all need to do our best to protect these busy little stingers whatever country we live in. Don't take them for granted. If you use pesticides, weed killer or other chemicals in your gardens or farms, be careful where you use them and try to adopt sustainable practices.
BE KIND AND BE RESPECTFUL TO OUR HUMBLE BEE FRIENDS.
The Buzz on Bee's (from Stuff.co.nz)
90,000 hives in New Zealand. Bees pollinate fruit, crops, pasture and vegetables (I'm adding nuts & seeds to crops, Also apparently Feijoa's and Grapes are the only fruits not pollinated by bee's)
65,000 bees in a hive at the peak of the pollination season
5.85 billion bees in registered hives in New Zealand
12,375 tonnes of honey is produced annually, with almost half exported
$71 million value of exported honey
One-third of everything we eat is pollinated by bees. (Well I actually think it exceeds one third - bee's are also responsible for the grass and grains that animals, birds and maybe some farmed fish consume - And being a vegetarian myself then this fraction shoots through to nearly three thirds!)