100+ Crops That Will Die If We Don’t Save the Honey Bees #SaveTheBees #BringBackTheBees #PollinatorWeek

Did you know that some of the crops that we grow for food might not exist if our pollinators were to all go extinct?

What is pollination?


marigold-2235624_1920Pollen is a powdery substance on a plant that is located on small fibers, called Stamen. The Stamen are surrounded by flower petals. In the middle of the flower, surrounded by pollen rich Stamen is a long stem-like receptor called a Stigma. When Insects and animals move across the flowers, pollen is transferred from the fibers to the Stigma of the same flower or a neighboring one of the same type. The Stigma then signals the seed in the ovule to become fertile, ensuring the continuance of the genus.

 Who are the pollinators?


Butterflies, Bees, and other small insects all play a vital role in the pollination cycle. Some birds and small animals also help to transfer pollen by brushing up against the flowers and moving throughout the field.

Honey bees are some of the most prolific pollinators because they need to collect pollen to bring back to the hive. Also, because bees typically collect nectar from one specific type of flower each day to avoid mixing types and flavors, they will become covered in that specific type of pollen, This is how nature ensures that some of the proper pollen will reach its intended target.

Currently, CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) is lowering our worldwide Honey Bee Population.

Without Honey Bees, there would be no more Honey but, that is just the tip of the iceberg.

What types of foods would we lose if we did not have pollinators?


Which of these Foods is Safe when we lose the bees?


We would lose some important fruits and veggies without our pollinators. Now, TBH, I might not cry if I never see another Durian Fruit again and maybe Thanksgiving would still be ok without Cranberries but,  a life with no more Oranges or Melons sounds awfully melancholy.

Some of my region’s favorite foods such as Gumbo, Potato Salad, Apple Pie,  Fried Pickles, Lemonade and Sloe Gin Fizz Cocktails would completely disappear without someone or something to pollinate them-  and sadly, the list of disappearing dishes goes on.

Specifically, Which Plants are in Danger of Extinction if there were no Honey Bees?


Clover Crown

Firstly we would lose Clover (not all species, see list) and little girls around the world would no longer be able to become princesses just by making a clover crown.

White clover

Alsike clover

Crimson clover 

Red clover  

Arrowleaf clover




But then, we would also lose all of the rest of these foods.


Food Crops are in danger if we lose the bees
Foods pollinated by bees

(List of crops pollinated by bees found on Wikipedia)

In no specific order

  1. Okra
  2. Kiwifruit
  3. Potato
  4. Onion
  5. Cashew
  6. Celery
  7. Strawberry tree
  8. Carambola, Starfruit
  9. Brazil nut
  10. Beet
  11. Mustard
  12. Rapeseed
  13. Broccoli
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Cabbage
  16. Brussels sprouts
  17. Chinese cabbage
  18. Turnip
  19. Canola
  20. Pigeon pea
  21. Cajan pea
  22. Congo bean
  23. Jack bean
  24. Horse bean
  25. Sword bean
  26. Chilli pepper
  27. Red pepper
  28. Bell pepper
  29. Green pepper
  30. Papaya
  31. Safflower
  32. Caraway
  33. Chestnut
  34. Watermelon
  35. Tangerine
  36. Orange
  37. Grapefruit
  38. Tangelo
  39. Coconut
  40. Coffea arabica
  41. Coriander
  42. Crownvetch
  43. Azarole
  44. Cantaloupe and some other Melons
  45. Cucumber
  46. Squash
  47. Pumpkin
  48. Gourd, Marrow
  49. Zucchini
  50. Guar bean
  51. Goa bean
  52. Quince
  53. Lemon
  54. Lime
  55. Carrot
  56. Hyacinth bean
  57. Longan
  58. Persimmon
  59. Durian
  60. Cardamom
  61. Loquat
  62. Buckwheat
  63. Feijoa
  64. Fennel
  65. Strawberry
  66. Cotton
  67. Sunflower
  68. Flax
  69. Lychee
  70. Lupine
  71. Macadamia
  72. Acerola
  73. Apple
  74. Mammee apple
  75. Mango
  76. Alfalfa
  77. Rambutan
  78. Cactus, Prickly Pear
  79. Sainfoin
  80. Passion fruit. Maracuja
  81. Avocado
  82. Lima bean
  83. Kidney bean
  84. Haricot bean
  85. Adzuki bean
  86. Mungo bean
  87. String bean
  88. Green bean
  89. Scarlet runner bean
  90. Allspice
  91. Apricot
  92. Sweet Cherry
  93. Sour cherry
  94. Plum
  95. Greengage
  96. Mirabelle
  97. Sloe
  98. Almond
  99. Peach
  100. Nectarine
  101. Guava
  102. Pomegranate
  103. Pear
  104. Black and Redcurrant
  105. Rose hips, Dogroses
  106. Boysenberry
  107. Raspberry
  108. Blackberry
  109. Elderberry
  110. Sesame
  111. Eggplant
  112. Naranjillo
  113. Rowanberry
  114. Service Tree
  115. Hog plum
  116. Tamarind
  117. Blueberry
  118. Cranberry
  119. Broad bean
  120. Vetch
  121. Black-eyed pea
  122. Karite
  123. Tomato
  124. Grape
  125. Jujube


I will just let that sink in for a moment. 

It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that without these foods, life as we know it would cease to exist and possibly, soon after — some predict that we would also cease to exist.


Ok, So What Can We Do?

It doesn’t have to be such a grave situation. We can help!

Bee Habitat
Build insect habitats nearby

We can plant organic Gardens and provide natural or artificial Habitats for bees and other pollinators.

We can even learn to raise backyard honey bees and reap the Sweet Rewards of Honey, Pollen, Propolis, and Beeswax as a bonus. It is almost as if the Bees pay you to keep them.

Learn More Here

15 Best Shrubs to Attract Pollinators

10 Herbs for your Pollinator Garden

Basic Bee Keeping Video Series

Where do I get my first bees?

What can you do to help save our Honey Bee Population?


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