Do you ever look around and ask yourself, "Where have those fuzzy, black, and yellow worker bees gone?" Well, I do! Bees are hard workers and whether they are pollinating plants, making honey, or just flying around making that "Bzzzzzz" sound they are always working. People underestimate the power of bees and the benefits they bring to this earth. The truth is they are very important to people and to the earth, but people don't realize that, and neither did I. After you get finished reading this essay you're going to know some of the answers to those "why" and "how" questions people always ask about bees. Like "why are bees dying?" or "how can we help them?" So, let's begin!
Imagine entering your local food store and seeing that items most people eat everyday have been discontinued. Items such as coffee, apples, cucumbers and honey are no longer available to consumers. This may not be possible in our generation, but one day it could very well happen.
Bee hives are disappearing daily, not only will this cause some food consumption to go down but also, economic decisions could be different because there will be no choice to have honey, shelter, and fiber, so we should focus more on measure to protect bees, that way they don 't become extinct.
Every day millions of honey bees fly back and forth from their hives. They pollinate a plethora of flowers and produce great amounts of honey. Many people do not realize what bees do for them and their communities. Without bees, people would not have any fresh flowers or produce. The bee population helps provide growth to one-third of the food in the world (Haltiwanger). Without bees, there would not be as much food for humans to survive. Even though we need bees to survive many people go on with their day not ever thinking of what can save the bees. They use pesticides to grow their grass, never buy organic food or honey, and even kill bees that come near them. Scientist today started working on many different experiments to help save the
This project was chosen to investigate the decline of the honeybee and the impact on Australian agriculture. The honeybee decline is interconnected with environmental sustainability with key environmental challenges threatening the future of the honeybee and the industry of beekeeping. Some of these factors such as land degradation, limited water availability, loss of plant biodiversity, climate change, pests and pesticides loss of public lands such as National Parks, State forests and reserves, all impact on the sustainability and ecosystems which the honeybee depends and likewise, the ecosystems depend on the honeybee. With the disappearance of land to urbanisation and government restrictions on access to public lands some 70% of Australian
Throughout this report, I will discuss the pros and cons of monoculture farming and biodiverse farming, as well as which type of agricultural approach I would choose from the perspective of a CEO of a new agribusiness corporation. I will expound on my decision based on what I have read and learned about different agricultural methods, the interconnectedness of the earth’s species, elements and values. By creating this decision, it will impact not only my own business, but also the consumers, the community, the environment surrounding my business’ operations, and persons and habitats indirectly connected to my business. Because of this decision’s extensive scope of impact, and the scale at which this decision could be detrimental or beneficial to the wellbeing of many species including my own, this decision is definitely a choice between a good and bad alternative. This is also a choice between efficiency, profitability, and environmental wellbeing, both in the short-term and long-term. This is a choice between providing consumers with pesticide-free food products versus pesticide-laden processed food products.
Over one third of our food supply depends on bees pollinating. What that means is if bees aren’t around to pollinate our food than we won’t have the everyday food we eat, like blueberries and apples. Bees aren’t only essential in the pollination of around 250,000 plants, but In 2015-2016 44.1% was the annual loss of bees in US managed bee colonies surpassing the acceptable amount by 27% (Bee Informed). Worker bees are more than just workers for their hive, they are also workers for us $15 billion was contributed to the nation 's economy by these bees ( Bee Informed). You wouldn’t want to have around 1-2 thirds of our food that requires pollination to disappear, would you?
In the winter they are expecting to lose around 40 to 50 percent of their average beehives. Farmers haven’t necessarily noticed a decline in pollination of crops, because the decrease isn’t as apparent yet, but the Californian almond fields have. The fields usually require around 1.8 million bees to have a successful harvest, but since the incredible amount of bee losses in the last decade or so, farmers have had to export healthy bee colonies nationwide (). If the problem persists farmers of all sorts of plants that need pollination will have to export bees or not even get the amount of bees for a full successful harvest. This problem will get worse and worse overtime, and could eventually kill out those beautiful colored springs that the world is used to. Many have said, “that the cause of colony collapse disorder is likely a combination of factors that includes the widespread use of pesticides and fungicides, as well as the spread of viral pathogens and parasitic mites in beehives“ (Tucker). these can wipe out an entire colony or even thousands. This problem is a global problem, as Europe is also seeing the effects of an extraordinarily strong winter rolled by, potentially causing around 50% of their bee population to drop due to the harsh cold and crisp air. This is generally the most concerning against global warming causing harsh winters and summers, potentially dropping the bee population
In Canada , a third of the human diet comes directly or indirectly from insect-pollinated plants . The benefits of pollination in Canada is 2 billion dollars each year . that the contribution of bees worldwide to human food production stands at an estimated $200 billion annually. Image if bee decline was a worldwide problem , it would be a catastophe. Albert Einstein once remarked, if the bees disappear, the human family would follow close behind (Save the bees, save ourselves). therefore finding a solution to this issue is crucial in order to save ourselves
In the article, “A Real Buzzkill,” by Steve Ellis and Erich Pica it is describing how honeybees are dying off at an alarming rate, how the deaths of honeybees are affecting humans, and how countries are reacting to honeybees deaths. Apple,milk, butter, and coffee have one thing in common and that is without honeybees’ pollination they would disappear. “But thanks in part to the rampant use of powerful pesticides,known as neonicotinoids, these busy bees are quickly vanishing.”Neonicotinoids are being used on 140 different crops by farmers, even though it has no effect on the crops; however, they are killing bees by damaging their nervous system, weakening their memories, and destroying their ability to fly.
For the past several years’ scientist and bee farmers have been noticing the disappearing of bees, but the most terrifying situation is not
Honey Bees have been on planet Earth for more than 100 million years. Each year the bee population has grown and multiplied, until, recently. “In the last half decade alone 30% of the national bee population has disappeared and nearly a third of all bee colonies in the U.S. have perished. Though the rate of bee depopulation is growing each year, 42% more last year than the year before, even at the current annual rate the estimated monetary loss is a colossal 30 billion dollars a year.” (8) A new disease of epidemic proportions is sweeping honey bee populations all over the world. “The situation has become so dire that earlier this year the White House put forth the first National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators,
Spring is in the air. So we are swarms of bees, looking for new homes. Initially, we have to recognize what kind of “bee” you are handling with. Common “bee” sightings fall into various different groups of potential species, of which most are not really bees. Now we are concentrated on removing honey bees only. We should not throw sticks, rocks or other items at the swarm in an attempt to drive it away. We are not attempting any procedures of bee control other than the advice I am going to give you here. We should not spray any chemicals. This could stimulate the bees, and is completely unnecessary. Given the troubles faced by all bees, we need to take care to protect the ones we have. We have to find a local beekeeping group and contact them.
The loss of bees is extremely devastating in terms of crops and economic stability in regards to the crop yields and loss of much of the food in our super markets, ultimately resulting in a temporary shortage of certain products that may be vital in order to sustain a population regarding the consumption of foods, which will lead to a famine in some parts of the world.The colony collapse disorder is the result of various factors, even our fast paced economic life style has an effect on these beautiful little creatures. The fast paced lifestyle of today calls for higher profit and crop yields, but due to our booming industry, pollution has also increased causing global warming to occur. Global warming causes flowers to bloom long before or after pollinators come out of hibernationAnother huge factor is the use of pesticides, such as neonicotinoid. Pesticide use on farms results in the bees being killed and harmed, unable to carry out their specific duties. Habitat loss due to our fast paced lives is also a huge factor in killing our bees, development over areas, not leaving anywhere for the bees to actually live. This even includes areas that have been taken over by farmers in order to grow crops that need to be pollinated by
Biodiversity denotes how many different varieties of plants and animals exist in a region. Conserving biodiversity is significant as different organisms prosper in various ecological conditions. Prevalent planting of genetically modified crops with more desirable traits such as greater yields and drought, disease or insect resistance will reduce biodiversity immensely and rework the food chain. For example, a study in UK involved aphids that consumed GM potatoes; the food was found to have an injurious effect on ladybirds that fed on aphids. This shows how insects that are not targets but still consume the crop are also