Although honey bees are essential for the production of honey, wax, royal jelly and related products, they play a far more important role in helping to pollinate fruit crops – such as apples, oranges, almonds – and rape seed. It is estimated that 40 per cent of the world food production would be lost if bees weren’t there to fulfil this role.
It has been estimated that honey bees contribute over €200 billion to the global economy, primarily through crop pollination.
So what’s the problem with bees?
Between 1987 and 2006, the number of managed bee colonies has dropped by 45 per cent due to bee disease, and so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has become prevalent. CCD is a poorly understood condition. Experts believe that it is caused by a number of factors, including environmental stress from the spread of mono cultural farming and loss of habitat, use of pesticides and viral infections. Existing treatments just aren’t working, and the outlook – according to the following quote – doesn’t look good:
‘If bees disappeared tomorrow, mankind would only have four years left to live’.
(This quote has been attributed to Albert Einstein, although others think it originated in the 1970s with French beekeepers. Whatever its provenance, we agree with its content.)
Beemune’s objective is to create value through developing and marketing products to safeguard the health and well being of bees. By doing this, we will underpin the vital role that bees play in world food production.
Click on Our approach to find out how we intend to do this.