Holy Honey Bee

I was absent on the day of the movie so I decided to do some research on honey bees. Who knew how important bees were. I feel bad for freaking out whenever one came around me now.  I never knew how much we relied on them.  I read that about a third of our food rely on insects. Bees contribute more than $15 billion dollars to U.S crop production. Then they just disappear. They don’t just die, they actually disappear.  Unexplained declines in bee colonies have been seen in the 1880’s, 1920’s, and the 1960’s. In the 1980’s and 1990’s the bees got hit with a parasite and it continued to hurt the hives.  Part of the ccd is that keepers have had to boost hive numbers to meet demands, therefore having to try to sustain the bees.  But there is not enough undeveloped land with good bee forage. Pesticides are also a big battle for bees. “For example, bees exposed to sublethal doses of neonicotinoids—the type the EU is banning and that are used routinely in the U.S. on wheat, corn, soy, and cotton crops—become more easily infected by the gut parasite Nosema.”

So the pesticide alone doesn’t wipe out the hive but it does have a massive affect. Samples of bee collected pollen usually contains residue from multiple pesticides. There is a new worrying study found that new ingredients added to boost pesticides are shown to impair adult bee’s smelling and navigation abilities and other studies shows that it killed bee larvae. Save the bees, we need them more than you think!

 

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http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0040848

 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130510-honeybee-bee-science-european-union-pesticides-colony-collapse-epa-science/

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