Pollinators are what ecologists call keystone species. You know how an arch has a keystone. It's the one stone that keeps the two halves of the arch together. [...] If you remove the keystone, the whole arch collapses.
-May Berenbaum, PhD, Entomologist. From Silence of the Bees, PBS Nature.
Honeybees (from the genus Apis) represent a highly organized society that is responsible for over 80% of all insect pollination around the world. Agriculture and much of the world's food supply (approximately one-third of what we eat) is dependent on the honeybee for such pollination. Without this pollination, there would be a significant decrease in the yield of fruits and vegetables. At Queen Bee Farm, we take the survival of our bee colonies serious as we know the importance that they provide, not only for our farm, but for much of the world's food supply and floral landscapes. That's why they are at the heart of our farmstead, for without honeybees, we believe that the world would be in serious danger. It has been estimated that they account for about one-fifth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plants. Our lives – and the world as a whole – would be a much different place if didn’t exist.