Humankind and other uncountable species coexist on this planet. Nature and its resources are in abundance and available for the human species as well. But what happens if the well-maintained balance is disturbed? Well, that has been happening in the case of honey bees.
Bees are vital to human life on our planet, but the sad and frightening reality is that they are quickly disappearing. They are a vital part of the ecosystem and need to be protected. Hence, to educate people on the topic, the third Saturday of August, every year was marked as National Honey Bee Day to promote awareness about the importance of pollinators, the challenges they face, and their contribution to sustainable development.
This year the day is celebrated on 21 August 2021. As a way of conserving this important species, the day honors honey bees and recognizes their contribution to human life. National Honey Bee Day also honors beekeepers, whose efforts guarantee that crops are pollinated by well-managed, healthy bees.
Honey Bees: The ‘Bee-coming’ of the Day
The movement began in 2009 when a small group of beekeepers petitioned the USDA for and received an official proclamation commemorating honey bees and beekeeping. Pennsylvania Apiculture Inc., a non-profit, was founded in 2010 to help coordinate and promote the celebration. The date of the first observation was August 22, 2009 (the fourth Saturday in August), but it has since been permanently set on the third Saturday of August.
The Need for More Beekeepers and Natural Honey
There are approximately 20,000 distinct species of bees in the world today, all of which are native to various parts of the globe. All bees are pollinators, and pollinators are required for crops to grow, from fruits and vegetables to coffee and tea. To boost yields and quality, an astonishing 84 percent of crops cultivated for human consumption today rely on bees and a few other insects to pollinate them.
Beekeeping is a great way to help boost the bee population. By reintroducing healthy bees into the community, beekeeping helps to improve the gene pool. Just two hives are needed to pollinate a medium-sized garden for flourishing plants!
The Need for Natural Honey
Raw honey is always better than processed honey as it loses its precious qualities. Honey produced locally has numerous advantages, beginning with the fact that it is an excellent natural sweetener rich in nutrients such as niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and others.
It has a variety of health benefits, including relieving seasonal allergies, boosting memory, treating wounds, potentially preventing low white blood cell count, killing antibiotic-resistant bacteria, providing body fuel, and resolving scalp problems and dandruff. Wax is also obtained from the same process.
Honey’s antioxidant properties, as well as its antibacterial and antifungal properties, are due to phytonutrients. They’re also thought to be the source of raw honey’s immune-boosting and cancer-fighting properties.
Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years left to live”.
To prevent the occurrence of Einstein’s prediction, one has to take beekeeping seriously and need to spread awareness and educate people about the same.