FOOD & DRINK
11/04/2015 11:11 am ET

These Are The Foods We'd Lose If Honeybees Die Off

Honeybees are responsible for about a third of all the food we eat.

They arrive in the morning, having traveled miles to work all day. They move from one workstation to the next to gather supplies for their commute back to the office and repeat the trip 40 times a day. The newest staff members often work through the night.

We're talking about honeybees, and the truth is, they accomplish more than any human workaholic ever could -- the plants affected by their pollination account for what's estimated to be a third of all the food we humans eat (they also incidentally work themselves to death) -- but unless you're a beekeeper or researcher, you're probably totally oblivious to the honeybees in your life.

Honeybees are the most important pollinators of fruits and vegetables, and scientists and beekeepers around the world are still alarmed at the sustained rate in which bees continue to die. Colony collapse disorder, a detrimental convergence of many possible factors, is responsible for the loss of up to 90 percent of beekeepers' bees, adding up to the devastation of 10 million beehives in six years.

Thankfully, the folks at Fix.com designed the following infographic to keep us aware of these tiny providers, displaying a wide array of produce that either wouldn't exist at all, or would be very hard to find if we didn't have honeybees.

Apples, cherries, coffee -- can you imagine your life without these? 

H/T: Fix

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