The role of bees is much, much larger than honey production.
Not only do bees pollinate much of our native flora, they are also responsible for about one-third of our daily diet. From soybeans to cantaloupes to apples, a big percentage of our edible crops require floral visits from bees to form fruits, vegetables, and even nuts. Other edibles, like cabbage, onions, celery, and mustard needs bee pollination to form seeds for propagation as well as the spice rack. Hence beehives have gone hand-in-hand with the production of crops.