(NaturalNews) Albert Einstein once said, "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." Through their production of an elite class of superfoods and around-the-clock pollination efforts that touch nearly every corner of the planet, the influence of honeybees is directly linked to mankind`s ability to live in abundance and, perhaps, even survive.
Pollination is the process that fuels the germination of plants. It is through this process that plants are able to multiply, grow, and flourish. Honeybees are responsible for the vast majority of all pollination, and experts estimate that one third of the world`s food supply relies directly on the honeybee`s prolific capacity for pollination.
Honeybees are master craftsman that display all of the elements of a genius at work: delicate precision, incredible instincts, and a work ethic unparalleled by almost any other living creature. Just one honeybee can pollinate 30 flowers a minute. Here is a small sampling of the fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts grown in tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate climates that rely on the pollination efforts of honeybees:
In addition to pollinating, honeybees produce some of the most nutritionally comprehensive superfoods in the world, and they are the only insects that produce foods for human consumption. They include bee pollen, honey, propolis, and royal jelly. These superfoods are directly linked to longevity, healing the body and overcoming disease, improving athletic performance, increasing cognitive abilities, and an overall enhancement in the quality of life in those who consume them.
People have known about these benefits for thousands of years. Russian research has shown that beekeeping is the longest lived profession in the world. Considering that it is rare to find a beekeeper that doesn`t consume some of the products from the hive, the connection to longevity is obvious. Even bee stings have been used to help with arthritis (bee venom therapy) and beeswax is used in the production of candles, soaps, and other useful products. There is also evidence that the Greek philosopher Pythagorus was a voracious consumer of honey, and bee products were used throughout the early games in Ancient Greece by Olympic athletes. Even Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is thought to have used bee pollen over 2,500 years ago as part of his healing protocol.
If you want to improve the quality and increase production of your fruit, vegetable, or flower garden, try keeping bees on your property next to your garden and see what happens. You`ll have not only your own superfood production factory, but also an additional army of super pollinators eager to catapult the yield of your garden into the stratosphere. Honeybees have the unique ability to both feed and heal the people of the world.
Wolfe, David. Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books - 2009.