Monmouthshire Food Festival is delighted to be celebrating World Bee Day together with Mon Bee Fest on 20th May.
World Bee Day highlights that bees are essential to our food production and at Monmouthshire Food Festival Gwent Beekeepers will be on hand to answer any questions visitors may have. John Holden from Gwent Beekeepers will give an illustrated talk in the Look and Learn Theatre on Sunday 21st May at 2:30. Mon Bee Fest will also be on hand with an exhibition on how important bees are to our food supplies and what we can do to help them flourish.
World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20th and is the day when Anton Janša was born in 1734. Anton Jansa is known as the pioneer of modern beekeeping and one of the greatest experts on bees. He was the first modern beekeeping teacher in the world and it is fitting that World Bee Day is celebrated on the anniversary of his birth.
Worldwide plant pollination by bees accounts a third of our food supply. However, bee populations are in decline for a variety of reasons, some known, others unclear, but the impact is global. Beekeepers are losing almost 50 percent of their stock every year. There is no single cause but pesticides used in fields and inside the honey combs, the spread of disease through the moving of bees for commercial agriculture purposes and habitat destruction leading to nutritional deficiencies all contribute to the decline in bee numbers. Bees pollinate as many as 170,000 species of plants, without them there would not be so many different types of fruits and vegetables.
There are between 30,000 and 60,000 bees in each colony. The queen bee is the only one that lays eggs and she lays up to 2,000 eggs per day. Out of 20,000 species of bees, The Carniolan honey bee is the only one widely used for commercial honey production.
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