Honey Bees: Why They are Such a Critical Part of Nature

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 11:43 pm

Bees are a very important part of the natural world and one we would be very sorry without should the day ever come. Not only would we miss the delicious honey that is good on, and in, so many different types of food, but we would be very hard up when it comes to pollinating many important plants.

Pasadena Certified Farmers Market has a Certified grower, who keeps one of California’s best bee reserves, in their market every week and you can come and get lots of sweet goodness when you stop by and visit Bill’s Bees and pick up some of that golden liquid that makes everything it touches taste delicious.

Bill Lewis is an active beekeeper and the former president of the California State Beekeepers Association. He got his start working with bees in the late 60s working to receive a patch from his Boy Scout troop for beekeeping. He took a hiatus for a few years to work in California as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry, having gained his engineering degree from Purdue University, but was brought back into the world of beekeeping a few years later.

Since then he has spent 30 years working with bees and has some very interesting viewpoints and knowledge to share about the world of beekeeping. Let’s listen:

So, as you heard Bill tell us we wouldn’t have any of those fruits, nuts, and vegetables we like to eat so much if not for bees. There’s more honey bees than any other type of bees and pollinating insects, so they are truly the world’s premier pollinator of food crops. Estimates say one third of consumed food depends on pollination with most of that being done by bees. Examples of these foods are things like:

Avocados & Cucumbers
Soybeans & Asparagus
Broccoli & Celery
Squash & Sunflowers
Citrus fruit & Peaches
Kiwis & Cherries
Melons & Cranberries

Honey bees also help pollinate clover and alfalfa, which becomes feed for cattle, so bees are important for the meat and dairy industry as well. Not to mention a large amount of manufactured food products that are made from these ingredients.

So, the next time that you want some food think about how devastating it would be if much of it were no longer available, that’s when your appreciation of bees will grow because they don’t just provide us honey, which some of you could probably do without, but the shear range of foods that depend on our friend the bee should be enough to make everyone willing to help safeguard their survival here on this third rock from the sun.

Pasadena Certified Farmers Market is located at 2900 block of North Sierra Madre Boulevard, in Pasadena. For more information call (626) 449-0179 or visit http://www.pasadenafarmersmarket.org/VictoryPark.






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