Many people may now know the importance of bees; however, they are currently the centre of attention of scientists and companies because of the decline in their population. You may think that it doesn’t concern you if their numbers continue to drop right? However, bees play an important part in agriculture, especially with the food you eat.
The plants that pollinates from honeybees help grow crops, fruits and vegetables. If their population continues to decrease, the fresh ingredients that many consumers relay on may not be sufficient and availability will be affected. So in order to provide the residents with the message that food production is crucial, the University Heights Whole Foods Market store removed products in the supermarkets and grocery stores that highly depend on bees and other pollinators in order to produce. See the “after effect” below:
So, could you now realise how important bees are to us?
Because of the decrease in beehive population, in order to pollinate one California crop, almonds it would take 60% of the country’s beehive to do so. Worse, California almonds distributes to 80% of the country’s total almonds supply.
Based on research and new studies conducted by scientist, a shocking new discovery has been found regarding the decline and drop in population of bee that pollinate $30 billion of USA’s crops.
Over the years, scientists have been finding the cause of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) that affected and killed an estimated 10 million beehives across the country. Scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have been able to pinpoint the problem to a pesticide that are contaminating the pollens that bees collect. According to the article, “Most disturbing, bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected by the parasite.”