National Honey Bee Day celebrated at State Farmers Market

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Saturday was a day designated to create buzz about a crucial part of the ecosystem that faces serious threats – the honey bee.

Beekeepers set up educational booths at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh on Saturday where they offered demonstrations, honey samples and a chance to sign up for classes on how to become a beekeeper.

Saturday was National Honey Bee Day (Justin Quesinberry/CBS North Carolina)
Saturday was National Honey Bee Day (Justin Quesinberry/CBS North Carolina)

The honey bee population is declining and experts say that’s in part due to the environment, pathogens, parasites and the use of pesticides and herbicides.

A Girl Scout who has kept bees for four years spoke with CBS North Carolina Saturday. She said her project involves educating people about the plight of the honey bee.

“I really enjoy it. I like seeing people actually take in the knowledge and then bring it to their communities and share it,” said Molly Carlson.

Marc Larin, the program chair of the Wake County Beekeepers Association spoke of his love for the hobby as well.

“I have had many hobbies in my life. This is the one hobby I have stuck to. It brings me into nature. It teaches me about bees. It teaches me about insects, about flowers, about nutrition and it’s got a certain element of risk to it – being stung,” he said.

CBS News reports that about one-quarter of our diet comes from plants pollinated by honey bees.

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