CropLife America -
Think nothing more of bees than that they are a nuisance at the summer barbeque? Then you’re underestimating their role in U.S. and worldwide agriculture!
It’s true – bees, birds, butterflies and other beneficial insects pollinate more than 75 percent of the country’s flowering plants. Further, approximately one-third of the crops used to produce foods and beverages are dependent on pollinators – that’s nearly $20 billion in crop value annually in the U.S.!
Why is this important? Because bee colony losses in the 35 percent range have recently been reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There are a whole host of reasons given for this loss, which is considered of great concern for growers, applicators, academia, regulations and beekeepers nationwide.
To counter the negative effects of the loss, many of the products developed by the crop protection industry contribute to enhancing bee health.