What’s Happening With the Bee PopulationBy now, there’s a good chance you’ve heard a thing or two about the declining bee population and how it is negatively impacting our planet overall. Because bees are essential for pollinating many of the crops our farmers grow, we need to do our part to not just sustain the population, but grow it. Sadly, there are a number of elements killing off our precious bees. The declining bee population has been linked to a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. This occurs when most of the worker bees within a colony disappear, which leaves behind the queen and young bees that are then not able to be cared for. Another issue for the bee population is the use of pesticides. So many of us use pesticides to get rid of things like insects and weeds, but it can actually kill bees and impede their reproduction. The last problem that’s come up in recent years, has been with mites invading bee colonies and ultimately devastating them. Mites can cause deformed wing syndrome, paralysis, and many other life-threatening diseases for these already fragile honeybee colonies.
Why We Need to Do SomethingUnfortunately, not everyone is aware of the problems we could be left dealing with should the bee population continue to decline. These little insects are some of the hardest working creatures on our planet and they play a huge role in agriculture. Pollination is necessary for plants to reproduce, which is something that bees assist in greatly. Here’s a couple fun facts for you…
- More than 80% of food crops in the United States are pollinated by honeybees.
- One in every three bites of food you eat is the result of pollination.
- Bees collect 66 lbs of pollen per year, per hive.