BEES are crucial to cultivating the world’s favorite fruit and vegetables.

Many bee species are under threat due to pesticides, climate change, intensive agriculture, and changes in land use.

There is currently a global pollination crisis

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There is currently a global pollination crisisCredit: Getty

When is World Bee Day 2021?

This year, World Bee Day is celebrated on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

According to the United Nations, nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination.

World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20

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World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20Credit: Getty

More than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land also depend on pollination.

Pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity.

How do you celebrate World Bee Day?

The UN created World Bee Day “to strengthen measures aimed at protecting bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries.”

A virtual event to celebrate World Bee Day has been organized by the FAO on 20 May 2021 under the theme “Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees.”

World Bee Day was started in 2016 by the United Nations

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World Bee Day was started in 2016 by the United NationsCredit: Getty

“The event will call for global cooperation and solidarity to counter the threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to food security and agricultural livelihoods alongside prioritizing environmental regeneration and pollinator protection.”

“It will be an occasion to raise awareness of how everyone can make a difference to support, restore and enhance the role of pollinators.”

Are bees going extinct?

Bee extinction rates are reportedly  100 to 1,000 times higher than normal due to human impact.

Close to 35 percent of bee species are facing extinction globally.

If this trend continues, many as fruits, nuts and many nutritious vegetable crops will begin to deplete.

Bee populations are declining due to human impact

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Bee populations are declining due to human impactCredit: AFP

As an individual, you can help tackle the issue by planting a diverse set of native plants, which flower at different times of the year.

It is advisable to buy raw honey from local farmers as well as buy products from sustainable agricultural practices.

Sponsoring a hive and avoiding pesticides, fungicides or herbicides in gardens can also help.

Raising awareness about saving bees and the importance they have on pollination and biodiversity is crucial.