Why are Honey Bees and Beekeeping Important?
Honeybees do much more than just make honey. one third of the U.S. diet depends on honey bee pollination. Honey bees provide 80% of pollination for vegetable, fruit, seed and flower crops. They also pollinate the forage crops fed to dairy and meat animals. In this way, they add at least $10 billinon to the value of more than 90 U.S. crops. Honey bees also provide $150 million in honey each year, and at least another $50 million in beeswax used in cosmetics, polish, and candles.