Bees are perfectly adapted to pollinate, helping plants grow, breed and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants and therefore keeping the cycle of life turning.
Bees also pollinate around 80% of wildflowers in Europe, so our countryside would be far less interesting and beautiful without them.
Thanks to bees we can enjoy a range of foods from apples and pears to coffee and vanilla. And if you are wearing cotton, that’s because the cotton plant your threads came from was pollinated.
There is evidence that natural pollination by the right type of bee improves the quality of the crop – from its nutritional value to its shelf life. For example, bumblebees and solitary bees feed from different parts of strawberry flowers. In combination they produce bigger, juicier and more evenly-shaped strawberries.
Today, unfortunately, there is a slow death of pollinating insects, which risk extinction and thus compromise the survival of the ecosystem. We too can contribute to the protection of bees, through small daily gestures: for example, by not using insecticides, reducing the use of plastic to a minimum, choosing food produced through organic farming and reducing polluting emissions. These are a few small actions that can yield big results. Suffice it to say that these tiny pollinating insects alone contribute to the survival of 85% of plant species. It is not so difficult to draw a conclusion: if bees disappeared, our lives would suffer too!