May 29 has been chosen as the Day of the Honeybee because on that day in 1953, New Zealand beekeeper and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first known climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border.
The pictures below were taken by Dr. Elizabeth Elle, bee biologist at Simon Fraser University, to illustrate what would be missing from her breakfast without bee pollinators. This includes the cranberry juice, the jam on the toast and the fruits, nuts, and berries in the granola, but particularly scary for most adults is the absence of coffee in the mug!! No caffeine fix without bees. Even the yogurt would be missing if the dairy cows that produced the milk were fed on alfalfa because that also needs pollination by bees.
So on May 29 say a little Thank You to the bees that provide you with an abundance of fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, and oil seeds.
Consider how bland and boring our meals would be without the work of bees.
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