Bee Informed Lorena Arbulu

"..even the insects in my path are not loafers, but have their special errands." - Henry David Thoreau

- In 2006, beekeepers noticed a sudden large drop in the bee population all over the United States. Beekeepers lost their hives and the production of honey started to diminish. The sustainability of bee colonies is not just important for the production of honey but also for our crops. Since bees are basically the unpaid heros of the United States agricultural system, this issue is not one that should be ignored. Many tend to ignore issues like these, however many don't know just how much we could lose without bees in our lives.

Pollination is directly responsible for 70% of our fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts that we consume daily.
- This 70% of our crops turn into $200 billion dollars in global agricultural revenue.

Colony Collapse Disorder

- the act of worker bees in a colony abandoning their hive.

States affected by Colony Collapse Disorder since 2006.

Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder(CCD):

- Mites, parasites, viruses, pesticides used in farms, neonicotinoids (insecticide), etc.

Neonicotinoids: are a form of pesticide that farms used to kill off crop eating insects and pests.

- Neonics treat acres of farmland all over the United States. Neonics affect the central nervous system of bees and cause disorientation, eventually leading them to death. Neonics also affect bees foraging behavior, which makes searching for food a lot more difficult for them.

FOOD CHAINS MAY BE AT RISK

-A perfect example is the almond tree! These hulls (shells) of these almonds are used to feed the livestock. This means that if there are less bees there will be less almonds and less food for livestock which means less eggs, milk, cheese and more. Not to mention that almonds are also used in baking and some cereals. This food chain gets messed up as the number of bees decline.

No bees, no coffee

- Our human diets would be left with corn, wheat, and rice, which are all wind pollinated crops.

Not Just FOOD!!

Cotton is the number one cash crop in the United States. Cotton makes up about 35% of the worlds fiber we use!

No Cotton --> no jeans, towels, mattresses, etc.

Our world would be a completely different world without bees roaming around. We would suffer some economic issues. Not only can the foods we eat vanish, but the more rare they become the more expensive they can get . We humans may not necessarily go extinct, but this does not mean the decline should still persist, because of all we would lose.

Make a difference:

  1. Spread awareness.
  2. Stop using insecticides.
  3. Sign petitions against insecticides/pesticides like Neonics.
  4. Plant bee friendly plants.

4. Buy local and raw honey.

5. Support your local beekeepers.

A world without the buzz of bees would definitely sting!

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