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May 20 Is World Bee Day

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • May 20 of each year is World Bee Day, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinating insects for ecological health and human survival; suggestions for how you can preserve your local bee population are included
  • There are between 25,000 and 30,000 different species of bees across the globe. More than 75% of the world’s food crops depend on these and other pollinators, as do 90% of wild flowering plants
  • The first “State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture” report warns that biodiversity is dwindling across the globe, thereby threatening global food production and human survival
  • Researchers at the University of New Hampshire warn there’s been a dramatic decline of 14 wild bee species needed for pollination of apples, blueberries, cranberries and other crops grown in the Northwest
  • Researchers warn the pesticide Sivanto (flupyradifurone), which its maker, Bayer CropScience, claims is completely safe for bees, in fact harms foraging bees, triggering abnormal activity, motor coordination deficits and increased death rates

Two years ago, in December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 20 of each year as World Bee Day. The resolution was the result of an initiative started in 2015 by the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinating insects, all of which are threatened with extinction thanks to a wide range of toxic human activities.

As explained by the U.N., May 20 was chosen because it "coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard, while needing so little attention."

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