The Whole Kids Foundation shared that honey bees pollinate more than 100 types of crops in the U.S., help maintain the diversity of plant life and ultimately, play a crucial role in our ecosystem — yet their population is dwindling. Because the future of food depends on healthy pollinators, it’s time for everyone — even the kids! — to make honey bees a priority.
Learn how your family also can support pollinators at home and how you can help kids understand the value of bees to our food system.
Q: Why Are Bees Important?
Honey bees are vital to our supply of healthy foods. Honey bees are pollinators, which means they travel from plant to plant to collect and deposit pollen – which makes it possible for many flowers, fruits, and vegetables to reproduce. Bees also pollinate the clover and alfalfa that cows eat. In fact, one in every three bites of food you eat depends on pollination, either directly or indirectly. So, if these hardworking bees and other pollinators disappear, many of our favorite foods like apples, almonds, strawberries, and tomatoes will be greatly affected.