The decline of honey bee populations in the past years has been one of the underpublicized environmental crises likely to have real world consequences for humans. Food will suffer if we can’t fix the declination of bees. Pollinating bees have a role in One third of the food we eat. Researchers say that the chemicals affect honey bee brains, which make it hard for them to find their way home. Scientists are saying that the chemicals are keeping the honey bees from supplying their hives with enough food to produce new queens.
There could be many reasons for a bee population decline. One reason is the queen bee dying or a food shortage. One cause of bees dying is the spraying of pesticides on crops. Bees pollinate 90% of the world’s plants like fruits, vegetables, and nuts. It is the start of a food chain that also has wild birds and animals.
Insects and other pollinators have been in serious decline around the world since the last few decades. Scientists think it is from an increasing use of pesticides, changing habitats around cities, and a combination of new diseases. Insects like bees, moths, and hoverflies pollinate around one third of worldwide grown crops. The collapse in the global bee population is a major threat to crops.
People think that the causes of bee decline are bacterial infections and poor nutrition in farming methods. The declines of bees are called colony collapse disorder. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) means worker bees from a beehive or honey bee colony mysteriously disappearing. European beekeepers observed a similar decrease of bees in countries such France, Italy, Spain and a list of other countries.
As early as the 1900s, bee colony collapses have occurred and been documented in the U.S. Reports show this behavior in hives in 1918 and 1919. It was called the mystery disease by some people. It eventually became more known as disappearing disease. In 1965 it was reported that hives that were part of the disappearing disease in Louisiana had plenty of honey in the combs but there were few or no bees.
1. What are your views about the decrease in the bee population and what could be any possible solutions to this problem.
2. What are some causes for the decline in bee populations?
3. Can honeybees go extinct in our life time?