World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20th each year. This day was designated by the United Nations to raise awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinators for the health of our ecosystems, food security, and biodiversity. It also highlights the threats they face from human activities and climate change and encourages actions to protect and preserve these crucial insects. The date was chosen to honor the birthday of Anton Janša, a pioneer of modern beekeeping.

Bees are crucial for several reasons:

1. Pollination: Bees are primary pollinators for many crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. About one-third of the food we consume depends on pollination by bees.

2. Biodiversity: Bees help maintain biodiversity by pollinating a wide variety of plants, which in turn supports diverse animal species.

3. Ecosystem Health: Pollination by bees contributes to the health of ecosystems, enabling plants to reproduce and produce seeds and fruits, which are food sources for other animals.

4. Agricultural Productivity: The pollination services provided by bees increase the yields and quality of crops, directly impacting agricultural productivity and food security.

5. Economic Value: Bees contribute significantly to the economy through their role in pollination, supporting industries such as agriculture, horticulture, and food production.

6. Honey and Other Products: Bees produce honey, beeswax, propolis, and royal jelly, which are valuable products used in food, medicine, and cosmetics.

Protecting bees is essential for sustaining the natural environment, food production systems, and overall ecological balance.