The idea of killer bees showing up in your backyard and killing you may seem a little far fetched. It isn’t. You could be walking to school not doing anything out of the ordinary and they could attack you. The killer bees you might hear about are what are called Africanized honey bees. They are way more aggressive than the regular bee you would see in the park or in your garden. Until that feeble kind you know are dominated by the Africanized killer bees, and the Africanized ones are the only ones left!
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.
Sue Monk Kidd has a way of providing literary devices through her novel. These literary devices help convey her story throughout the whole book, bringing the reader into the story. Her use of these compliment her novel The Secret Life of Bees and take on a message deeper than the simple words placed onto pages. Her novel contains all of the above literary devices, and even though they are not all used often, their purpose serves a great amount.
Honey bees are very important to people in the world. Not only do honeybees produce honey, but they do much more to help people. Malcolm T Sanford, a professor at the University of Florida says “the honey bee is credited with approximately 85% of the pollinating activity necessary to supply about one-third of the nation’s food supply” (Sanford 1). Over 50 major corps rely on honey bees for pollination (Sanford 1). Without the pollination, the crops will not get what they need for them to grow and produce. With this result, a majority of crops may be lost. According to Justin Moyer, a reporter at the Washington post, “The USDA estimated that honeybees add more than $15 billion to the value of the country’s crops per year” (Moyer 1).The honey
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
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
“And when you get down to it, Lily, that’s the only purpose grand enough for a human life. Not just to love – but to persist in love.” (289) August Boatright, South Carolina – Summer of 1964. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is dynamic and intense. This novel covers a variety of social issues such as cultural expectations, economic circumstance, and ethnicity. The novel is set in the 1960s, during this time many social norms were immoral. The racism, prejudice and stereotypical judgment of that society against the colored members were atrocious. Yet in this novel, although they stereotype the colored community as poor or of lesser value, Sue Monk Kidd introduced the Boatright sisters. Lily Owens constantly suffered from bullying and
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.
In the novel The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd the reader learns of a girl named Lily Owens. Lily is the main character of the story and the book was written from her perspective. Lily is a fourteen year old white girl growing up in 1960's Sylvan, South Carolina (Kidd 2). Lily had been raised by her father who she calls T.Ray because “‘Daddy’ never fit him" (Kidd 2). He is unloving, cold-hearted and abusive towards Lily. Lily is also haunted by the memory of accidentally killing her mother when she was a child. After her mother died, her father hired a black woman, Rosaleen, to act as her "Stand-in mother" ( Kidd 2). (there needs to be something here) When Rosaleen insults several racist men and gets arrested, Lily manages to break out Rosaleen and escape her father and the police. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they meet the Boatwright sisters.
In the autumn of 2006, farmers began to notice a loss of 30 – 90 percent of their bee hives. Loss of bee population over the cold seasons is common, but never had the decline in population been that drastic (Stress and Honey Bees). Colony Collapse Disorder is the event in which bee colony populations rapidly decrease. In this phenomenon, the bodies of the missing bees are not found and the only remaining bees are juvenile and the queen. Noticeable symptoms of CCD are: absence of adult bees in the hive, little to no dead bees in the hive, and what is left of the bee colony is reluctant to eat any of the feed given to them by the beekeeper (Related Topics). CCD is currently the biggest issue among bee keepers and farmers and economic stability.