Philip McCabe’s Presentation in St. Mary’s College
Philip McCabe’s talk was on the importance of the honeybee to our very survival. Between one quarter and one third all the food consumed by humans is pollinated by insects and 70% of that is carried out by honeybees. 1.2 million Colonies (hives) of honeybees are required each year in California just to pollinate almonds.
The value of honeybee pollination to US agriculture is, according to the US Department of Agriculture, 115 Billion Dollars, in Europe the valuation is 45 Billion Euros.
Philip explained about the environment and what we need to do to save not only the honeybee but also other insects, the hoverfly, butterflies, solitary bees, bumblebees and ladybirds.