Many of the world’s most valuable crops, including apples, coffee, tomatoes are pollinated by insects. Wild bees, however, are the unsung heroes for our food security and not honeybees as previously thought. In the UK, for example, crops including strawberries, runner beans, and, increasingly oilseed rape, are pollinated by other insects.
There is mounting evidence that honeybee hive numbers are in a long-term state of decline in many developed nations. Analysis of hive numbers indicates that current UK populations are only capable of supplying 34% of the nation's pollination needs, falling from 70% in 1984.