Honeybee Conservancy

Honeybee Facts

• Bees are the only insects that produce food eaten by humans.

• Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water.

• The average American eats about one pound of honey a year.

• To make one pound of honey, worker bees have to fly 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers.

• The honeybee’s wings make about 200 beats per second, creating their infamous buzzing.

• More than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food are pollinated by bees.

• U.S. honeybees’ economic contribution is valued at nearly $15 billion.

• Blueberries and cherries are 90-percent dependent on honeybee pollination.

• Almonds depend entirely on the honeybee for pollination.