Bee Keeper, Carlos Viscarra, speaks with Our Ventura TV host, Ed Wehan, about the importance of bees in our world, including the pollination of fruits and vegetables.
Pollen is a fine powder produced by certain plants. During the spring, summer, and fall seasons, pollen is released into the air and picked up by the wind. The wind and insects — and especially bees — carry the pollen to other plants so they can make seeds.
Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains between plants, which is how they create new plants for the next generation.
Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and it is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees.
Viscarra talks about the impact of pesticides on food and how it effects the bees as well as the effects of urbanization on bees.
Viscarra touches upon how raw, unfiltered honey is produced. However, the discussion primarily revolves around issues that relate to pollination, including moving bees around the country to pollinate crops.
As an example of a crop that depends upon bees, California produces over 75% of the world’s almonds, and only bees can pollinate almonds.
In this way, bees are fundamental to the food supply in our world.
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