Before the beginning of time
The honey bee, Apis mellifera, is a real rarity among hundreds of thousands of insect species and thousands of
bee species. Apart from the silkworm, it is the only insect whose activities have been exploited on an industri-
al scale.The Earthwatch Institute has recently declared bees the most important creatures on Earth. And no
wonder, the importance of pollination for the survival of countless species, including ours, is undeniable.
Long before humans came to dominate the Earth bees had already had millions of years of time to influence
on the menu of editable plants. Consequently our early nutrition had a profound effect on how we evolved
into the species we are today. Apart from our general diet, consuming honeymay also have had an impact on
our development, according to nutrition anthropologist Alyssa Crittenden. She estimates that honey has pro-
vided our brains with the necessary combination of minerals, vitamins, fats and proteins, which has also been
an easy food for our digestion. Honey is also a rarefoodas it does not rot orgo sour.
One can only wonder what we would have become without bees?