The Secret Life of Bees

The First Pull

By Nikki Seibert Kelley for the Bee Cause Project

“In the end, we only conserve what we love, we only love what we understand, and we understand only what we are taught.”

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Under the dabbled light of a subtropical forest, the sweet smell from the coffee blooms entices one of java’s smallest customers: the honeybee.

Honeybees are attracted to coffee flowers for their sugary, high-quality nectar. According to recent studies, visits from pollinators have been shown to increase coffee yields by as much as 50%.

Although bees are not required to pollinate Coffea arabica plants, they are valued on by coffee farmers for their positive impact on the crop uniformity and ability to create a great source of income through the sales of honey and combs.

Outside of the coffee fields and on our home soil, honeybees play a major role in the ecosystem and the economy. Currently 1/3 of…

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