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Rising Awareness about Health Benefits of Bee Products Drives the Apiculture Industry
Published Date: 11 May 2022

Given the various benefits of honey, do you ever wonder how this nutritious product gets produced? Undoubtedly, it is rich in nutrients, and hence, there's an increasing need for bees for great human health. However, you might be surprised to know that these sweet carriers are rapidly becoming extinct. Hence, it is now more crucial than ever to protect & preserve them.

Apiculture (beekeeping) is one such practice dedicated solely to the production of different bee products like honey, beeswax, etc. While honey is highly nutritious & used in numerous indigenous medications, the need to have an adequate amount of it to curb diseases like flu, cold, & dysentery is augmenting Apiculture practices worldwide.

Honey is used extensively in multiple commercial applications, including cosmetics & polishes, medicines, etc. Governments of several countries are encouraging Apiculture practices across different corners of the world to meet the increasing consumer requirements. As a result of these aspects, the Global Apiculture Market is expecting around 3.2% CAGR during 2022-27.

In some parts of the world, beekeeping has become an activity for income generation for farmers due to its low investment & labor-intensive requirements. Let's now read the blog further to understand the significance of beekeeping for the environment.

Here's How Beekeeping is Restorative for the Environment

  • Promotes Pollination

Pollination is a process where an insect or anima carries pollen from one plant to another when the insect, let us say a bee, feeds from a plant & the pollen grains stick to the bee's body. just when the bee travels to another plant, it leaves the pollens in the new plant, enabling reproduction. As a result of pollination done by bees, plants create new seeds that eventually accelerate the number of new plants and contribute to environmental sustainability by maintaining plant life.

While bees are not the only pollinators in nature, they are the most prolific and are credited for the largest pollination in the world. Hence, to maintain plant life and keep the pollinators alive & actively pollinating, it is becoming prominent to practice apiculture. 

  • Offers Food for Predators

Okay, let us understand one thing straight. Pollination is pretty much an outcome of bees searching for food and traveling from one plant to another to bring food back to their hives. So, feeding & pollination is pretty much a hand-in-hand thing among the bees.

The cue to this feeding & pollination is the reality that bees also provide food to the predators. It might sound uncomfortable to some people, but without bees being a food source, many predators would struggle to seek enough food. A few examples of predators for which bees are a food source are listed below. Let us have a look to have a better understanding of the importance of bees to the food cycle. 

  1. Insects like wasps, robber flies, hornets, dragonflies, etc. 
  2. Spiders like fishing spiders, goldenrod spiders, lynx spiders
  3. Reptiles & Amphibians including anole lizards, certain bullfrogs, American toads, & wood frogs, among others
  4. Birds like hummingbirds, summer Tanagers, tiring flycatchers, grackles, etc.
  5. Mammals like bears, raccoons, opossums, honey badgers, & skunks, among others

Although this remains a partial list of predators seeking bees as a food source, it all concludes how important apiculture is to keep the natural food cycle in process and maintain the balance in nature. After all, when this balance fluctuates, the predators tend to look for alternatives, which then, disrupts the entire food chain. 

  • Maintaining the Balance of Nature 

You might be surprised to know, but the survival of bees relies majorly on the beekeepers throughout the world. Surely there are some places where wild bees existed, but that is not the case today. In fact, now bees survive only across locations due to the presence of professional & hobbyist beekeepers and their practice of Apiculture to maintain bee populations. 

Rising Initiatives by Several Countries for Promoting Apiculture

While the demand for honey & other products obtained through bees is emerging rapidly throughout the world, Asia-Pacific is one of the prominent regions backing the sustainability of apiculture. It is principally due to the growing establishments of commercial honey producers, especially in China due to its extensive territory, nectar-rich sources, & improving lifestyles of its large population. Hence, the need for apiculture is rising swiftly. Because of such aspects, the government is taking several initiatives to encourage the practice of beekeeping and spread awareness about the need to keep the bee alive. 

Final Words

With all the factors cited above, it is pretty clear that bees have a prominent role in balancing nature, which adds up to why Apiculture is necessary & gaining immense popularity worldwide. Moreover, growing awareness about the benefits of bee products like honey, i.e., an excellent alternative to conventional sugar, and rising health consciousness are playing a crucial role in instigating the need for Apiculture practices worldwide. Hence, a pool of remunerative prospects for the Global Apiculture Market is well-expected over the coming years.

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