Sustainable agriculture is a key component of our work in 19 countries around the world. When we work to save the bees, we are also saving the environment. Honeybees are essential to healthy crops, and their rapid decline threatens global food security. That's why we incorporate bees into many of our projects.
What will you do to help save the bees?
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Honeybees may be small creatures, but their environmental impact is huge. With their taste for nectar and fuzzy legs, these pollinating machines influence farming practices worldwide. It’s estimated that one-third of global food production requires animal pollination and 80-90% of this role is carried out by honeybees.
Here are five reasons why bees are important:
Beekeeping, also called apiculture, is part of Heifer's work in the area of environmental sustainability.
Farmers who keep bees see increased crop yields, whether they are growing coffee, spices or vegetables. Plus, they are able to harvest honey during the non-growing season to earn extra income, producing 60 pounds or more of honey each year.
The practice of beekeeping protects the environment, and Heifer farmers are trained to adopt climate-smart practices like diversifying their farms and producing organic fertilizers.
Honeybees can help a family escape hunger and poverty, which is why we have incorporated them into projects in Honduras, Mexico and the United States. Here’s how it works in the Leveraging Success project in Honduras.
Click the links below to learn more about Heifer's work with bees and what you can do to help:
Bees are a key part of the ecosystem at the Heifer Ranch Center for Regenerative Agriculture – and beyond.
It's no secret these days that bees are extremely important. In addition to being everyone's favorite picnic guests, bees function as some of the great pollinators in the world. Here are some easy ways to help save the bees.
Think that you can’t help save the bees because you don’t have access to a lawn? Think again! You can create a small haven for your local bees with just a few plants!
Honeybees are some of the world's most important pollinators — and their honey is valuable too. For the members of Las Selvas Beekeeping Association, honey represents a path to a living income.
Bees are key to our survival and we can contribute to theirs. Review the resources below to learn more about their plight and how you can save the bees.