Friday, July 28, 2017

Build A Bee House #CampSci

Did you know that June 19th - 25th was Pollinator Week?
We got to participate by building our own Bee House.
Did you know…
·         There are 4,000 bee species in the U.S. alone! There are 450 species in New York State alone!
·         To produce 150 pounds of honey, bees cover a distance equal to 13 trips to the moon and back.
·         Not only are bees great pollinators, but so are butterflies.
·         The health of honey bees is important to all of us.
o   In the United States, one-third of all agricultural output depends on pollinators. That means the choices in food to put on our plates would change radically without bees.
o   The potential economic impacts could be devastating for beekeepers, growers, and producers whose income is linked to the health of honey bees.
·         The USDA estimated that crops dependent on pollination are worth more than $10 billion per year.
·         Each state has a state apiarist that works with beekeepers and others on topics of honey bee health. If you want help contacting yours, let us know and we will point you in the right direction!
Not only do pollinators affect our economy, they also affect our food and our garden!
·         Honey bees visit five million flowers to make one pint of honey.
·         Approximately 1 in 3 bites of the food we eat every day relies on honey bee pollination services to some degree.
·         Global food supply is impacted due to the extensive role that honey bees play in North American agriculture, one of the largest food exporting regions of the world.
·         A loss of biodiversity can have serious implications throughout the agricultural ecosystem.
·         Hosting Mason Bees in your garden can help plants such as garden plants, apples, berries, alfalfa seeds, and melons grow more efficiently.
·         Of the 1,400 crop plants grown around the world, i.e., those that produce all our food and plant-based industrial products, almost 80% require pollination.
For more info check out this video:

Sources for the facts above:
5.        United States Beekeeping Industry Resource (pg. 1) by Jerry Hayes, Monsanto Company

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  All materials were provided my Monsanto Company.  All opinions are 100% my own.