World Bee Day: Farmers in Mexico rescue bees from drought

World Bee Day: Farmers in Mexico rescue bees from drought

World Bee Day, every year on May 20th, is dedicated to highlighting the essential roles that bees and other pollinators play in our environment. 

In Santa Ana Zegache, Oaxaca, Mexican farmers are taking action to protect local bee populations threatened by a prolonged drought.

Farmer Floriberto Matias explained that a lack of water has led to fewer plants and flowers in the area, reducing the available nectar and pollen for the bees.

Matias and other farmers relocated honeycombs to nearby beehives to ensure the bees have enough access to food and water.

World Bee Day

This year’s theme is “Bee Engaged with Youth,” which encourages young people to get involved in beekeeping and pollinator conservation efforts.

Bees, butterflies, beetles, and other pollinators are crucial for transferring pollen between flowers, a process vital for plant reproduction.

This natural mechanism supports the health of flowering plants and a significant portion of the global food supply.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that over 75% of the world’s leading food crops depend on animal pollination, including key crops like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and oilseeds.

Despite their importance, bee populations face severe threats from various factors. Habitat destruction due to deforestation and urban development poses significant risks. Agricultural pesticides are also harmful to bees and other pollinators.

Climate change and drought worsen these problems by affecting bee breeding cycles and migration patterns, further endangering their populations.

There are actionable steps to help protect and support bee populations. Planting bee-friendly flowers, minimizing the use of pesticides, and supporting local beekeepers are all effective measures.

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