Albert Einstein is believed to have predicted that if the honey bees were to disappear from the face of the globe, mankind would perish within four years.
Whether this famous prediction was actually made by Einstein depends on who you read.
I do not believe it really matters who actually made the prediction, admittedly it gives food for thought, mankind may not perish within four years or even four hundred years, but the extinction of the honey bees will most certainly have a major impact on life as we know it.
Whether we view the honey bee as friend or enemy mankind have benefited from these busy little insects for thousands of years.
Man has suffered the pain of the sting for the gain of the sweet energy giving honey as far back as the stone ages.
Honey was used as a sweetener long before Columbus set foot on West Indian soil, long before Tate and Lyle.
In some culture honey was sacred, known as, the food of the Gods, it is known that the ancient Egyptians used honey to preserve the dead and to mummify them, honey is found to have antibacterial and healing properties, contain antioxidant, electrolytes and trace elements and so much more.
Recent studies suggests that consuming honey can reduce blood levels of some markers linked to an increased risk of heart disease, we are still discovering ways in which this remarkable product can be used, but as good a reason as any is it taste so darn good.
As remarkable as honey may be, we can survive without it, what most of us fail to realise, is the major part bees play in maintaining a balanced eco-system.
The decline in the bee population across the Western world could signal an environmental catastrophe that could devastate our food chain, with economical and environmental repercussions for all of us.
So where are all the bees gone? Apparently, the scientists are thus stumped,
explanations ranges from the use of chemical in agriculture to radiation from the increased use of mobile phones.
What is undeniable is that the bee colonies are in decline, there is even a name for this, " colony collapse disorder" It has been reported, that in areas of Europe and the United States bee populations are declining at a rate of up to 80%, when you think of how many of our plants are only pollinated by honey bees you begin to appreciate the size of the problem,
So what can I do? I hear you, So Watch this Space!