Think about what you ate today. Chances are at least a third of it can be traced to the honeybee. Workhorses of nature, honeybees gather pollen and nectar for their survival and in the process pollinate crops like apples, broccoli and cherries. In fact, about 70% of the top human food crops are pollinated by bees. So your dinner tonight would look very different without the small, often-pesky, honeybee. That’s why falling bee populations are so serious.
Our friends at the Honey Bee Health Coalition, which is made up of food producers, farmers groups and government agencies, approached us to create a one-page infographic and animation to bring attention to the plight of the honeybee. In the U.S., among crops that require bee pollination, bee populations have fallen by 90% since 1962. We explored why scientists believe bees are dying, why it matters and what we can do to save the bees.