Your Dinner Table
Some of the foods that bees pollinate are products that regularly show up at mealtime. For example, oranges, apples, raspberries, watermelon, coconut, coffee, beans, okra, cucumber, strawberry, celery, beets, mustard, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, turnips, peas, peppers, papaya, safflower, caraway, almonds and many more, need bee work. Without honeybees, you could be limited to eating oats, rice and corn.
Some foods such as soybeans or sorghum are wind-pollinated, while others such as bananas or plantains are self-pollinated or propagated from cuttings. Still others like root vegetables and salad greens need no pollination.
It takes 4 billion bees a whole month to produce mountains of almonds.
Other animals that pollinate include hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, beetles and bats. Even lizards, such as geckos, do their wee bit, but nothing is as prolific as the honeybee.