WORLD BEE DAY | Why protect the bees?

WHY DO WE NEED TO PROTECT BEES?
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Role in the Ecosystem: Bees are a keystone species; if bees die off it will end most life. In nature, various animals depend on bees for their survival because their food sources – nuts, berries, seeds, and fruits – rely on insect pollination. Pollination also allows floral growth, which provides habitats for animals, including other insects and birds. Lastly, bees themselves, and the honey they produce, are a source of food for many animals.
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Ecosystem Services: While bee populations continue to decline, the production of food crops will decrease as well, as bee pollination is necessary for several important crops. Bees are responsible for pollinating 35% of agricultural production and almost 90 different commercially grown food crops in the U.S. alone.
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Economic Contribution: The global crop production pollinated by bees is valued at $577 billion. Pollinators contribute $24 billion to the U.S. agriculture industry, making up a third of the food consumed by Americans.
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