Bee expert Dave Hunter did an open Q&A on colony collapse disorder and shared some eye-opening insights.
Even if you don’t eat honey, bees are a critical part of your food supply. Pollinators like bees are a critical part of the life cycle for almost 1/3 of our food crops and 90 percent of wild plants. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been a mystery for many years, but the more researchers dive into what’s killing off bee populations, the more signs point to one thing: pesticides.
More on the declining health of bees: Have Bees Become Canaries In the Coal Mine? Why Massive Bee Dieoffs May Be a Warning About Our Own Health (AlterNet) From the article: One class of pesticides, neonicotinoids in particular has received a lot of attention for harming bees. In late 2010, the EPA came under fire …
No only have the bees been dying in record numbers, but about the same time bees began to die in unusual ways. Beekeepers were going to a hive and find the queen, a few workers, good amounts of brood (baby bees), and plenty of honey – just no adult bees. So where had they gone and what was causing them to leave?
We rely on pollinators like honey bees for much of our food supply. Honeybees alone pollinate around 30% of the food we eat. You hear a lot about the growing world population and food shortages on the horizon. While things might look dire, they will be much, much worse if we don’t act now to save the bees.
There is new evidence that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may be a culprit in what is known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), or the disappearance of honeybees. Colony Collapse Disorder has killed off more than one-third of the bees in the United States. Beekeepers know that when there isn’t nectar readily available to their …