In this ‘green’ perspective of environmental protection, the bee is an important representative of nature. The role of bees in our ecosystem is fundamental for food production and for the environment. Insects – in particular pollinators – play a crucial role on the Planet, for the protection of biodiversity, as well as agriculture. They are an integral part of our food system, as they pollinate cultivated plants which end up as food on our tables.

Pollination is one of the most important ecosystem services provided by nature, both for human well-being and the economy. Let us look at some bee facts and figures, in terms of their industrious work:
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Nearly 90% of all wild flowering plants depend to some extent on animal pollination

4,000 plant species survive thanks to bees and pollinating insects (bumblebees, butterflies, moths and hoverflies)

Of the approximately 1,400 plants that produce food and industrial products in the world, almost 80% require pollination by animals: not only domestic and wild bees, but also wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles, birds, bats and other vertebrates which contribute to the pollination process

Honey bees — both wild and domestic — perform about 80% of all pollination worldwide

Wild bees alone – over 20,000 species – guarantee the pollination of flowers, on which 35% of world agricultural production depends, with an estimated economic value of over 153 billion euros each year globally and 22 billion euros in Europe

A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day (cereals are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruit, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees)

Over the past 50 years, the volume of agricultural production has increased by 30%, thanks to the direct contribution of these little pollinating animals. Their health also has far-reaching implications for all humanity

Research shows that more than 70% of the vitamin A in our diet comes from fruits and vegetables, much of which is heavily dependent on pollinators