Question: Do you know what all these foods have in common?
Answer: They all need honey bees in order to be produced!
Bees Do More Than Make Honey… Bees are responsible for pollinating over 90 types of flowering crops in the U.S. Bees are responsible for pollinating over 90 types of flowering crops in the U.S. About 1/3 of the food we eat, requires bees to pollinate the flowers of their plant in order for the plant to produce food. About 1/3 of the food we eat, requires bees to pollinate the flowers of their plant in order for the plant to produce food.
Before fruits and vegetables grow, a plant first has to flower…
In order for the flower to turn into fruit, the flower has to get pollen from another flower… this is where bees come into play.
Flowers that dont make fruit still need pollen from another flower to make seeds, which eventually make new plants.
So the bees help the plants produce plants and more seeds… But the plants also help the bees, because the bees bring pollen back to their hives where they turn it into food (honey!)
Some plants dont make flowers. For example, pine trees just make pine cones, which are kind of like giant seeds. They rely on the wind to pollinate instead of bees.
Other types of pollinators are butterflies, bats, humming birds, wind, and water.
Bees make hives in nature, but people keep bees in order to gather their honey, or use them to pollinate crops.
So to summarize, bees help us survive, because the help produce a lot of the food we eat!
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