Bees are so important to our environment because as pollinators, they play a part in every aspect of the ecosystem.
Bees support the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants, which serve as food and shelter for creatures large and small. Bees contribute to complex, interconnected ecosystems that allow a diverse number of different species to co- exist. Bees are renowned for their role in providing high-quality food (honey, royal jelly and pollen) and other products used in healthcare and other sectors (beeswax, propolis, honeybee venom). But the work of bees entails much more!
The greatest contribution of bees and other pollinators is the pollination of nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production depends on bees, i.e. every third spoonful of food depends on pollination.
Nearly two-thirds of Australia’s agricultural production benefits from honeybee pollination, in South Australia alone, pollination is estimated to make a $1.7Bn contribution to our economy. However, bee populations are dying at an alarming rate.
Bees act as indicators of the state of the environment. Their presence, absence or quantity tells us when something is happening with the environment and that appropriate action is needed. By observing the development and health of bees, it is possible to ascertain changes in the environment and implement the necessary precautionary measures in time.
The BSSA seeks to contribute to the study, knowledge and enjoyment of apiculture, thereby improving the standard of beekeeping and the health of bees in our State.
Your donation will help us spread the knowledge and understanding of the importance of bees in South Australia.