BEES around Australia have felt quite the buzz recently as the nation celebrated Pollinator Week.
Australian Pollinator Week recognises the contribution the humble honey bee makes to our communities, our nourishment, and our health.
These tiny creatures truly are the bee's knees and contribute $14.2 billion annually to the economy.
But it isn't just honey that is raking in these huge profits, local beekeeper Ray Hull from Hull's Honey Farm said that bees are vital for more than just their sweet nectar.
"There's 35 different horticultural industries that rely on bees," he said.
"There's lots and lots of different reason why we should keep bees alive."
Almonds, apples, avocados, blueberries, cucumbers, pumpkins, rockmelons and many more of our favourite fresh foods rely 100 per cent on honey bee pollination.
"No bees, no food, it's as simple as that," Mr Hull said.
"If you just take the bees out of the whole situation it just changes."
While bees usually enjoy time off over the winter, lately they're having to cut their holidays short to prepare for a 'buzzy' summer.
With all this hard work, Mr Hull said he was glad for weeks like this which recognise the importance of the bees and beekeeping and its impact on the community and the food supply chain.
"It's just a good time to make the public aware that they're fairly vital to the industry and the food chain," he said.
While they may be small in stature commercial beekeepers across Australia transported billions of honey bees in July and August this year to provide pollination services for the almond industry which is hailed as one of Australia's largest livestock movements.
While there's many reasons to celebrate the hard working honey bees Mr Hull said the Australian bee industry was under threat by cheap imported honey and honey substitutes.
To help alleviate this crisis Mr Hull said everyone had a simple but important role to play.
"If we can buy Australian [honey] then we can keep the bee keepers alive and the bees alive and keep the industry growing," he said.
Mr Hull said this meant either supporting and buying directly from local bee keepers or double checking the labels when you're picking up the sweet treat at the supermarket.
"As long as it's an Australian product that's the best thing you can do."
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