Where are the Bees?

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Where are the Bees?

Around the world, beekeepers have observed the strange and sudden disapearence of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline in honey bee colonies since the late 1990s.

There is an urgent need to switch to ecological farming and stop chemical-intensive industrial agriculture. Ecological farming ensures healthy farming and healthy food by protecting the soil, water and climate. Also, it promotes biodiversity. It does not pollute the environment with chemicals like synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers or genetically engineered organisms.

The widespread and global use of pesticides, common practice in the current chemical intensive agriculture systems, can lead to death and/or altered hunting abilities for both wild and managed bees.

The most direct risk to pollinators is bee-killing pesticides. Parasites/pathogens, climate change and industrial agriculture are the main reasons for the global bee-decline. Destruction of habitat, lack of hunt due to monocultures and the loss of biodiversity are also threats to honeybees and wild pollinators. Insecticides, like their name implies, are chemicals designed to kill insects. They are widely applied to the environment, mostly around farms. They are causing a decline in the bee population.

Interesting Facts-- 40% Loss of commercial honeybee in the US since 2006-- 25% Loss of commercial honeybee in Europe since 1985-- 45% Loss of commercial honeybee in the UK since 2010


Where are the Bees?How does Industrial agriculture affect bee populations?

Why the bee decline is a problem




Bee hive

Bees don't just make honey. they are very important to food production because they pollinate crops. Bumblebees, other wild bees, and other insects such as wasps, butterflies, and flies all provide valuable pollination services. A third of the food we eat relies on pollinating insects: Spices like coriander, nuts like almonds, edible oils like canola, vegetables like zucchini, fruits like apricot and many more. In Europe, the growth of over 4,000 vegetables depends on the crucial work of pollinators. More and more bees are dying. The bee decline affects mankind, our lives depend on theirs.

What's Happening to Honey Bees?

The Plight of the Honey Bee

Sources-- info: http://sos-bees.org/-- "The Plight of the Honeybee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxh3A0NteAk-- "What's Happening to Honey Bees?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgc5w-xyQa0Pictures: google images


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