Can we survive without honey bees?

As beekeepers it’s hard to imagine a world where honey bees don’t exist. Recently, their global decline has sparked much concern as scientists are now realising that our lives could be drastically impacted if we were to lose them all. As we already know honey bees play such a vital role in food production and pollination, making them an essential part of the ecosystem – one in which we’ve come to rely heavily on for our daily needs. In this blog post, we’ll take a close look at why honey bee populations are dwindling and the reasons why we can’t live without our buzzing friends!
The Importance of Honey Bees in Pollination

If there’s one thing that honey bees are famous for, it’s pollination. These small creatures are responsible for pollinating nearly 85% of all flowering plants and about one-third of the food we eat. They help propagate the growth of crops such as apples, almonds, cherries, cucumbers, and many more, which are essential for a healthy and diverse diet. Without honey bees, our food choices would become limited and less diverse, directly impacting the global food supply chain.

Honey Bees and the Economy

The economic impact of honey bees is quite significant. Their role in pollination leads to higher crop yields, which in turn leads to increased revenue for farmers. In the United States alone, the value of honey bee pollination is estimated to be around $15 billion annually. A decline in honey bee populations would not only impact crop production but also lead to a ripple effect on various industries that rely on these crops, resulting in higher food prices and lower profits for farmers.

Climate Change and Honey Bees

Climate change is one reason behind the honey bee population decline. As temperatures continue to rise, there’s a disruption in the synchronisation between the blooming of flowers and the emergence of honey bees, which could lead to inadequate food sources for the bees. Unpredictable weather patterns, such as droughts and storms, also make it difficult for honey bees to find suitable habitats and food sources, contributing to their decline.

What Can We Do to Help?

The good news is that it’s not too late to take action and help save honey bee populations. By creating awareness about their importance and encouraging pollinator-friendly practices, we can help maintain the ecological balance. Some of the steps we can take include planting bee-friendly flowers in our gardens, reducing the use of pesticides, providing nesting sites and supporting local beekeepers who practice responsible beekeeping.


As we all agree, honey bees play a crucial role in our ecosystem, food production, and economy. Their decline poses a significant threat to our way of life, and it’s essential that we take necessary steps to help maintain healthy bee populations. We can help by practicing good honey bee husbandry, and by spreading awareness about the importance of honey bees.  By doing this we can help our own bees to thrive and together make a brighter future for our planet’s precious pollinators!