July 15, 2022

The Parkway Senior Living Recognizes the Importance Bees Play on Our Ecosystem

Category: Senior Living

Author: Josh Sanchez, Culinary Director

Don’t step on a Bee! Sounds like sane advice, but did you know it’s also a day of recognizing the incredible impact that bees play on our ecosystem? There are roughly 4,000 bee species in North America and about 20,000 around the globe that pollinate everything from flowers to vegetables. In fact, bees pollinate approximately one in every three bites of food you eat, which makes them essential to the health and prosperity of countless ecosystems worldwide. Crops such as apples, cranberries, and broccoli all rely on bees. Fruits like blueberries and cherries are 90% dependent on honeybee pollination, as are almonds. To pollinate the roughly 1.2 million acres of almond trees, the California almond industry needs about 1.8 million bees.

However, one in four species of bees are facing extinction. From fungus to pesticides, bees are facing rapidly declining numbers. In the US, the honeybee population has declined 60% since 1947.

This year, The Parkway Senior Living is celebrating “Don’t Step On A Bee Day” by utilizing locally sourced honey from Colonial Farms in our honey glazed carrots, Hawaiian chicken stir fry, and honey-dipped apple dumplings on July 10th.

Honey is very important for us as humans. It is a great source of antioxidants, it helps with digestion, sore throats, coughs, and helps heal wounds. Not only is honey important, but the bees producing the honey are more important. Without them we would not have honey or 85% of the crops they help to pollinate. So, without bees we would not have such a variety of food to choose from.

By recognizing this holiday, we hope to bring awareness to this global issue and try to start a conversation about what we can all do to help reverse this trend and help build the bee population back to its pre-WWII levels. And while you’re at it, don’t step on a bee. We need them here.

The Parkway Senior Living in Blue Springs, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Located just south of Hwy 70 right in the heart of major shopping, dining, and attractions, residents enjoy convenient access to golfing, local parks, and healthcare services.

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