The Buzz on bees
The food we eat depends crucially on insect pollination. Bees are responsible for about one in every three bites of food in the USA. Bees – both natural and managed by bee-keepers– are declining globally, but especially in America.
What accounts for bee colony collapse?
- Pesticides weaken bees that then become more susceptible to diseases & parasitic infection.
- Climate change and increasing temperatures impact pollinator populations.
- Bees are unable to feed themselves when there are not enough flowers blooming.
Without bees to cross-pollinate, we’d have to do it by hand. The prices of fruits and vegetables would be astronomically expensive; primarily— apples, strawberries, tomatoes, and almonds.
If bee declines persist, we risk losing a considerable percentage of the world’s flora. Additionally, 250,000 plant and flower species rely on bees to pollinate. These flowers and fruits are a food source for birds and small mammals. Without bees, the small animals would suffer, in turn threatening larger predators. The entire food chain would struggle to survive as a consequence for the disappearance of bees.