The bee's knees about the bees dying

April 26, 2016


With Earth Day having passed and the school participating in events, I believe it is important to talk about the bee’s dying.


People do not really know what is killing our bees and that makes it difficult to fix the problem.


Since 2006, bee keepers across America have noticed an extreme decline in bee hives that they have in their bee yard. Bees are the most selfless and hardworking of creatures.


The big thing is that they do not have consciousness of what they are doing, it is all by instinct for them. No one has to instruct them on what to do and how to do it or why to do it.


They just do their bee work in order for them to survive.


For about a decade, they’ve been dying off at an unprecedented rate, up to 30 percent per year, with a total loss of domesticated honeybee hives in the United States worth an estimated $2 billion.


A third-generation beekeeper and his family had been running bees since the 1950s, and it had been good money; in the 1980s, a thousand hives could earn a beekeeper between $65,000 and $70,000 a year in honey sales alone, not to mention the cash coming in from leasing hives out to farmers to help pollinate their fields.


It is a business, nonetheless, for us but the bigger picture is if the bees die off, it will not be too long after until us humans die off too. What about our grand-children?


Unless if the good ‘ol GMO scientists have a way to create food out of non-earth grown products. In the last few years, scientists have accumulated a compelling pile of evidence pointing to a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids.


These chemicals are widely used in commercial agriculture but can have lethal effects on bees.


Other pesticides are also adding to the toll. So are invasive parasites and a general decline in the quality of bees’ diets.


Obviously, that combination of factors poses a pretty serious problem for anyone who likes to eat. Bees, both the domesticated kind and their wild bumblebee cousins, are in decline and the main pollinators of many major fruit and nut crops.


The problem is so severe that this spring President Barack Obama unveiled the first-ever national strategy for improving the health of bees and other key pollinators. If an issue is big enough for the President, why aren’t we starting to change things at home first?

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