Video Message by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on World Bee Day
May 20, 2019
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On the second edition of the World Bee Day, I would like to remind that bees must be protected for our own future.
More than 75% of the world’s food crops rely, to some extent, on pollination for yield and quality. The absence of bees and other pollinators would wipe out coffee, apples, almonds, tomatoes and cocoa, to name just a few of the crops that rely on pollination.
Bees are under great threat from the combined effects of climate change, intensive agriculture, pesticides use, biodiversity loss and pollution. Countries need to shift to more pollinator-friendly and sustainable food policies and systems.
We cannot continue to focus only on increasing productivity based on the widespread use of chemicals that are threatening crops and pollinators. We are all responsible for protecting bees and we should all make pollinator-friendly choices. Even growing flowers at home to feed bees contributes to this effort.
Happy World Bee Day!