Happy cows—the images of which have been popularized by clever marketing—depend on their ability to wander free in the pasture. Ethically produced burgers, steaks and cheeses are available only if these cows graze on alfalfa grass. And the alfalfa can’t sprout without the help of honeybees.
“Our life would be much less rich [without bees],” says Debbie Roos, Chatham County agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. “Bees are responsible for pollinating every third bite of food we eat. Even beef and dairy are indirectly related to bee pollinations, because cows depend on alfalfa.”