May 20: World Bee Day | Daily Current Affairs 2021

May 20: World Bee Day

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World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20 each year.

  • The day is observed on 20 May as it coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard while needing so little attention.
  • The purpose of the international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators in the ecosystem.
  • About 33% of the world’s food production depends on bees thus they are vital for the preservation of biodiversity, ecological balance in nature, and helpful in reducing pollution.

Theme of World Bee Day 2021:

The theme of World Bee Day 2021 is – Bee engaged: Let’s Build Back Better for Bees

History:

  • In 2017, the UNGA passed a resolution in 2017 in Slovenia regarding bee preservation.
  • This is because due to the excessive use of pesticides, monocropping, and invasive insects, bees are always under the scanner.
  • The resolution called for the adoption of specific conservation measures and highlighted the importance of the preservation of bees and their significance for humanity.
  • The first World Bee Day was observed in 2018.

Interesting Facts:

  • Though bees have jointed legs, they do not possess anything like a kneecap, and therefore do not have knees.
  • Honey has antiseptic properties and was historically used as a dressing for wounds and a first aid treatment for burns and cuts.
  • The natural fruit sugars in honey – fructose and glucose – are quickly digested by the body. This is why sportsmen and athletes use honey to give them a natural energy boost.
  • The practice of beekeeping dates back at least 4,500 years.
  • Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey
  • A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
  • One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.
  • The average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
  • A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • Bees communicate by dancing.

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