5 Things Honeybees do for Humans

Humans and Honeybees

5 Things Honeybees do for Humans

What do you think of when you hear or think of the word honeybee? For many people a sense of fear reverberates the middle of their chests to their extremities for fear of being stung. In actuality honeybees are really not that aggressive. They will only sting if they feel their hive or queen is being threatened. Despite many peoples’ fears about the creature, honeybees actually do a lot for us. Here are the five things honeybees do for humans.

Honeybees help humans by predicting storms.

Did you know that honeybees can predict inclement weather? Yes, it’s true. Honeybees use earth’s electromagnetic field to navigate themselves. As a result, they are able to detect the electromagnetic waves in the atmosphere. When a storm is coming, honeybees will retreat back to their hives for safety. So if you don’t see any honeybees hovering around flowers or other plants where you typically see them, know that a storm could be on the horizon.

Honeybees help humans by fighting cancer.

There have been many studies conducted on the health benefits of honey and other bee products, such as propolis, bee venom, and royal jelly. The results have concluded that these products have a variety of health benefits for humans. In fact, a study conducted in 2004 and reported by the BBC new indicates, “The intake of honey-bee products may be advantageous with respect to cancer and metastasis [secondary cancers] prevention” (BBC News).

Honeybees give humans food.

Many people and sources have quoted the so-called Albert Einstein quote, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

It is highly speculated whether Einstein actually said this, but the quote does have some truth to it. Honeybees account for one-third of the world’s food. That means for every three bites of food you take one bite was pollinated by honeybees. Honeybees are primarily responsible for the following crops – apples, cucumbers, strawberries, almonds, and much more. They also pollinate alfalfa seeds, which feeds the beef and dairy industries.

Honeybees assist the world’s economy.

Since honeybees are responsible for one-third of the world’s food, it only makes sense that they keep the world’s economy buzzing as well. Honeybees pollinate $15 billion worth of the world’s crops annually. Without them, the economy would take a significant downturn.

Honeybees create the best, sweetest tasting treat on the planet.

Of course, the number one thing honeybees do for humans is the honey they produce. Not only is honey the sweetest tasting treat on the planet, but it also has many health benefits as well. Without honey and the honeybee, what would life be like? There may just not bee any happiness at all!


Resources:

BBC NEWS | Health | Honey ‘could help fight cancer’ (2004, December 05). Retrieved April 10, 2016, from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4063377.stm