Being a bee will be difficult beyond reasoning

Results from the Winter Loss Survey of bees have just been released. A survey amongst beekeepers in the US showed that nearly a third of honey bees have disappeared over the winter. This is 42% worse than last year, and could have serious consequences for biodiversity and food supply. Honey bees are not alone in disappearing, bumble bees are not showing up in the spring either.

According to the US department of agriculture, the disappearance of bees is currently threatening not only biodiversity but also food supply. The honeybee is responsible for pollinating three fourths of the crops in the entire world – imagine having to survive without cucumbers, hazelnuts, lemons, apples plus tons of other crop plants.

While the disappearance of domesticated bees is already a severe issue, the disappearance of wild bees is even more frightening. Studies show that wild bees are more than twice as efficient at pollinating specific crops than their domestic counterparts.

Researchers have been baffled by the phenomenon of disappearing bees, and have classified it as the “colony collapse disorder” for the past 15 years, without officially agreeing on the cause.

Recent research suggests that the culprit is a particular type of pesticide, used frequently for major food and fuel sources such as corn, wheat and soy, as well as for cotton.

Other identified reasons for the disappearing bees are land development, the poisonous genetic structure of GMO crops and the modern culture of planting only one crop in a field, denying the bees of diversity in their food supply.

Now this is a very bleak picture – what can we do to change the development, you ask? Mother Nature Habitat suggests planting things bees like, providing bee habitats, eliminating garden pesticides and letting vegetables sow new seeds. On a larger scale, we could support greenpeace and other environmental organisations in their fight against Monsanto and other pesticide-giants.


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