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Honey Bee Preservation and Revitalization

Local honey bee populations are dwindling in many areas around the world. This has led to a reduction in crop yields, scarcity of high-quality honey, and other bee-related issues. Many scientists agree the phenomenon should be described as colony collapse disorder, but disagree about the cause.

Humans are more dependent upon honey bees than many people realize. Man most likely will not disappear if honey bees were no longer around to polinate plants, However, a reduction of bees has created a corresponding reduction in quality of human life in some areas. Here are some references that provide various explanations of the problem and offer potential solutions.

Problem Explanations:

On Einstein, Bees, and Survival of the Human Race: To what extent does the quality of human life depend on bee pollination?

Bees Face Many Challenges: In the last twenty years the number of colonies in the United States has gone from about seven million to little more than two million.

Ecology of the Honey Bee: Honeybees will become increasingly dependent on the beekeeper as new threats appear.

Grant Given to Study Bee Preservation in 5 States: U.S. Department of Agriculture provided $3.3 million grant to support researchers in five eastern U.S. states to study the decline in native bee populations.

Bee Colony Collapse Disorder: The exact mechanisms of CCD are still unknown. Several causes have been proposed as causative agents: malnutrition, pesticides, pathogens, immunodeficiencies, mites, fungus, genetically modified (GM) crops, beekeeping practices (such as the use of antibiotics, or long-distance transportation of beehives) and electromagnetic radiation.

The Buzz about Honey Bees and Food Production: Honey bees, the unsung heroes of food production, dance far and wide for our favorite fruits, nuts and berries. One of every three bites the average American eats is directly attributed to honey bee pollination, but honey bee polination is declining.

Potential Solutions:

Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees: The Foundation helps fund research and educates the public about the honey bee.

2 Let It Bee, Inc. - The Honey Bee Revitalization Project: The purpose of the project is to find people willing to donate their property (as long as it is zoned properly for honey bees) and place a hive or two on their location.

Bee Preservation & Education: Bee activists teaching bees and beekeeping to youth projects all over the world.

Rickert's Bee Preservation Site: This effort is devoted to the protection and preservation of the wild, and honey, bees of Minnesota.

Bee Friendlier: Bees are incredibly important for our ecosystem and food supply. Learn more about bees, Colony Losses, and the organizations that are helping to find a solution.

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