“According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway, because bees don't care what humans think is impossible.” -The Bee Movie
We’ve all felt sheer terror when a bee flies into the room. Children start screaming, windows get dramatically flung open, and everybody is fearful of a potential sting. This tiny creature, no bigger than a drawing pin, can incite an immediate and uncontrollable panic.
But what if I told you that bees are one of the building blocks of our ecosystems, food chains, and society as we know it? If this idea was widely understood by the public, we wouldn’t be calling bees pesky animals. Rather, we would be saluting them as heroes.
Bees are responsible for keeping our ecosystem healthy and thriving by spreading a yellow powder called pollen from plant to plant. This pollen helps plants grow and reproduce, ensuring that the crops that we love and cherish are alive and well, and providing billions of people with a meal to eat.
Bees are vital to our health and well-being as a society, yet the population of bees has been steadily declining for the last decade, and very few have been talking about it. This is quite alarming, especially since the honey industry is currently worth about $6 billion. Factors like the increasing temperatures on earth, and the sad reality that people aren’t educated in properly handling hives have contributed to this decline in population.
The exploitation of bees has gone on for too long, and it needs to stop. We tend to forget that this thick golden liquid called honey that we love so much actually came from somewhere and didn’t just magically arrive on our grocery store shelves.
Eden is a BBG from BBYO: South Africa and loves reading!
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