As anyone who has seen “Bee Movie” will know, bees’ importance in nature can not be understated. It is tragic for one that CCS exists, but also that the problem has not yet been solved. We all know that bees are one of the most important pollinators, so why is that they are still dying?
Colony Collapse Syndrome’s origins confused scientists and beekeepers for a long time, but are now connecting them to the pesticides and fungicides being used on the crops. It isn’t clear, though, which chemicals or combination of chemicals is the cause, and they aren’t likely to ban a product without substantial proof that something is quantifiably causing the destruction of bees, especially if that product is currently supporting America’s food production. This is the main case the pesticide industry is making to protect itself, but I doubt that it will hold for long as the problem goes on.
However, as the bee population rate of loss increases, the situation becomes more and more worrying. They aren’t at any dangerously low levels now, but they very well could be. I wish I was more aware of what was going on in the science part of this national problem, but I may never be as informed as I wish I was. I will stay informed, though, and read about how the bees are doing every so often.
For example, nationwide this past winter only 23.2% of beehives collapsed. This may seem like a lot, but it’s the lowest since a peak of 35% in 2007-08. However, this fact kind of hides some devastating losses, like Ohio’s 50-80% loss of beehives, and Pennsylvania’s 50%. The good news is, though, that people are working on it, and they are very smart people. And there are very determined beekeepers who do a good job at recovering from the winter losses. I have confidence that the bee problem will be fixed.