Last year has been a rough year for bee keepers in the US, as they helplessly witnessed the death of more than 40% of their bees and hives.
The bee decline is troublesome news, so much so, that even president Obama took charge and plans on implementing a method that will assure the survival of the bees.
Bees are highly evolved and interesting insects, which rely on a powerful hierarchy to function. The main function that bees serve for human life is that they pollinate plants and this means they help grow fruits and vegetables necessary to human diet.With this severe loss of bees, humanity might experience famine over the course of the next years.
It was Einstein who said that “If the Bee Disappeared Off the Face of the Earth, Man Would Only Have Four Years Left To Live”.
Bee keepers say that they are used to seeing some of their bees die, but that this normally only happens during the cold season. However, the greatest loss of bees in 2014 was registered during summer months.
During winter, bee keepers say that it is normal for about 18% of their colonies to die and in very harsh winter conditions those numbers can rise up to 30%, but still, this is lower than the number of losses registered in 2014.
This means that there are other factors at play, perhaps pesticides, pollution, parasites or viruses, that plague the bees to such a great extent.
The smaller companies that handle bee keeping have said that their losses were so great during the past years, that their entire line of bees has died.
Scientists have assured the population, that we are not yet at risk of losing the bees altogether, but if the drop in numbers continues at such a high pace, then bee keeping will become a very expensive business.
Most bee keepers make money from renting out their bees to farmers to pollinate their crops. What this entails is that the hives are loaded in trucks during the night night and moved to a specific location until their task is completed.
This also means that bee keepers don`t have a lot of control over the pesticides that have been used on the crops and thus, they can do little to protects their colonies.
Researchers now mainly advise against exposing bees to pesticides and to try to protect the hives from parasitic infestations.
In 2015, the fate of the bee colonies is under intense supervision and both farmers and scientists alike hope they will see a growth in the number of bees so as to recover from the downfall registered last year.
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