Bees are incredibly important to the environment and our everyday lives.
According to Greenpeace, “Honey bees — wild and domestic — perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.”
However, the bee population has been drastically dropping over the years. The U.S. National Agricultural Statistics show a honey bee decline from about 6 million hives in 1947 to 2.4 million hives in 2008, a 60 percent reduction.
One simple way people can help the bee population is to plant various flowers that provide bees with the pollen and nectar they need to survive. Here are ten flowers to plant to attract bees.