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Why is a farm in Shropshire spending £10,000 on bees?

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Why is it important to preserve bee populations?

  1. We need bees to pollinate most important food crops, including most fruit and vegetables.

  2. Bee pollinated crops are important sources of vitamins A and C, and minerals like calcium.

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  1. By pollinating wildflowers like bluebells and poppies, bees also help support the natural environment.

  2. To produce some foods, like strawberries, we need a combination of wild bees and commercially reared bees.

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  1. £510 million of annual total crop sales in the UK are pollinated by bees and other insects.

  2. Replacing bee pollination with hand pollination would cost farmers £1.8 billion.

  3. The price of British apples could double without bees.

  4. Managed honey bee colonies fell by 53% between 1985 and 2005.

Sources: Friends of the Earth