Tomorrow is National Honey Bee Day, a day dedicated to the humble honey bee and all of her hard work. What started as a grassroots effort by beekeepers to build community awareness of the bee industry, this program has spread nationally and is celebrated with various events around the country.
An important part of our food system, honey bees provide more than just honey to our diets. As premier pollinators, honey bees are responsible for about one in every three bites of food we eat, and it is thanks to them that we get to enjoy many of our favorite fruits, vegetables and nuts like cherries, watermelon, cucumbers, avocado, and almonds. Not only does this pollination work make for more diverse and delicious diets, but it is also worth more than $17 million, according to a 2012 study.
So, how are you celebrating National Honey Bee Day? Perhaps visiting with your local beekeeper to learn about bees and honey? Or maybe something as simple as planting your own pollinator-friendly garden? For more ideas, check out our five tips on how you can help the bees. However you celebrate, make it sweet!