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.
- 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.
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