In their entire lifetime, one bee produces 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey. This means that it takes approximately 864 bees to make a 12oz jar of honey. Since pollinators help grow crops and other plants, we rely on their natural processes for creating most of the food we eat. In fact, one out of every three bites of food comes from a source that was pollinated by bees and other pollinators.
What does this mean? Our food availability as we know it directly depends on the livelihood of pollinators. So, rather than taking their food from them, we need to put forth conservation efforts to build them up and make their populations stronger.
The Xerces Society is an international non-profit organization that aims to bring global awareness to invertebrate conservation. Their website includes resources and helpful tips that you can implement in your own life to help support pollinator populations. Some quick links to useful pages can be found below.
To help pollinators thrive, you can:
- Grow pollinator-friendly flowers
- Provide nesting sites/hives
- Limit your use of pesticides/insecticides
- Spread the word to help educate others
As Humble Honee grows, it is our mission to support pollinator conservation efforts. This will be done, in part, through partnerships with farm sanctuaries. Not only will this raise money for their rescued residents, but it will help set up nesting sites and support systems on the property to help provide safe havens for pollinators around the world.
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