Happy National Honey Bee Day!
|August 18, 2012||Posted by Alyssa under Agriculture, Events, Farms, Gardening, News, Produce|
Saturday, August 18 was National Honey Bee Day! Honey bees are small animals that are a part of a class called insects. They have been in existence for over 40 million years. A single bee colony can have anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 bees!
The first National Honey Bee Day (NHBD), also known as National Honey Bee Awareness Day, was recognized August 11, 2009 by Thomas J. Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America. The holiday was started by beekeepers to bring together other beekeepers, bee associations and people of the community to advance beekeeping. The NHBD organization works year-round to promote awareness of the bee industry through education and promotion.
The honey bee industry is an important industry, not only to beekeepers, but to agriculture itself. Florida’s honey industry has an annual worth of $13 million. In addition, honey bees benefit our state’s fruit and vegetable industry, providing approximately $20 million in increased production numbers.
How you ask? Well, plants need to be able to pollinate. This means the male pollen must reach the female eggs in order to produce more plants. This transfer is referred to as pollination. Bees are capable of helping this process by moving pollen from one plant to the other. Without honey bee pollination, the food we eat could be decreased by 33 percent! Foods such as watermelons, cucumbers, squash, blueberries, strawberries, and many more would be affected.
To learn how you can help be a part of the solution visit the NHBD website at: www.nationalhoneybeeday.org
Keep the BUZZ alive!