Honey bees are essential to our food supply. They, along with all other bees are facing a crisis right now. You might have heard of Colony Collapse Disorder, sometimes also called Spontaneous Hive Collapse. Bees are dying off at an alarming rate, and have been for some time now. The term Colony Collapse Disorder was used in late 2006 to describe the trend that bee keepers and scientists were becoming of aware of. It’s a serious threat to our food supply.
Both honey bees and bumble bees are used in agriculture for pollinating crops. Bees pollinate many of our food crops, and of course are responsible for the production of honey as well. So, if the bees all die off, it’s not just honey that we will lose. For the plants that rely on bees, in order for the plant to bear fruit pollination has to occur first. When I say fruit, it’s not just what we typically think of as fruit, which are the sweet fruits. Cucumbers, avocados, squash, eggplant, and tomatoes are all fruits as well. Bees are also essential to the production of some nuts, such as almonds. What will we do without bees?
They are responsible for pollination of approximately one third of the United States’ crop species, including such species as almonds, peaches, soybeans, apples, pears, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers and strawberries.
— Wikipedia: Colony Collapse Disorder
Already in China they have lost so many bees that they have to pollinate the popular ya/nashi pears by hand. Imagine if the same happened in the USA and Europe. With the minimum wage there it means the price of these foods is going to skyrocket.
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