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Bees do much good, don’t deserve ‘lowly’ description

To The Daily: With all the good that bees do, they can hardly be described as “lowly,” as referred to by E.O. Wilson in a recent Decatur Daily article. Bees and bee products are applied in many fields and do so much good.

Pollination occurs in one of three main ways: wind, animals and insects. Some 80 percent of pollination takes place by insects and bees do 80 percent of that. Everything grown in Alabama is dependent on bees: cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans, etc. All animals that depend on fodder or vegetable products are indirectly dependent on bees.

Beeswax is used in many businesses. Bee stings provide relief for arthritis sufferers, honey is used in the medical field in treatment of wounds and burns (it won’t support bacterial growth and aids in healing), royal jelly and pollen are used in the health food industry, just to mention a few examples.

“Lowly insect”? I don’t think so.

James MacIlveen
President, Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association
Decatur

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