All wild bees, not just honey, are essential for good crop pollination providing up to two thirds of all pollination and they continue to disappear. Wild insect pollinators are key to maintaining biodiversity where they enable the reproduction of the majority of wild plants.
There are over 20,000 species of bees worldwide. In a recently published article, scientists reported that about a quarter of wild bee species haven’t been seen since the 1990’s when there was a dramatic increase in agricultural pesticide use.
The causes of the worldwide decline are many and mostly revolve around climate crisis and toxins. To learn more about bee culture check out our Buzzed on Bees feature where you’ll find lots of resources.