Almonds, watermelon, avocados, peaches, oranges, blueberries, apples, pumpkins, and cucumbers are just a few of our foods honey bees pollinate while they are in the process of gathering pollen and nectar needed for their food supply.
Honey bees mainly feed on nectar and pollen for their energy and protein source, and most people associate them with the production of honey. Yet the greatest service honey bees provide is the pollination of agricultural crops. In their search for food, they also pollinate the flowers they visit.
Many crops, including fruits, nuts and vegetables, rely on honey bees for pollination. The value of honey bees to agriculture is not only because they are such efficient pollinators, but also because of the utility of their colonies, which can be managed to increase the numbers of bees and moved to fields or ranches when needed, sometimes over great distances.
As our world population grows, so does the pressure to produce more food. Honey bees are important for modern agricultural production and the demand for pollination has never been greater, which makes it more important than ever for agriculture and beekeepers to work together.