http://www.helpthehoneybees.com/, one out of every three bites the average American eats is directly attributed to honey bee pollination.
Over the past three years, honey bees have been struck with a crisis that is causing their colonies to die off at a mysteriously alarming rate. With much of the growth of our nation’s natural food supply reliant on the work of the bees—a job that could never be equally created by man, their increasing absence is an obvious cause for concern. The fruit of the honey bee’s labor is the fruit on our plates; without them we are without earth’s most delicious treasures.
A large portion of the honey bee losses can be attributed to what is known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Colonies that experience CCD simply disappear from their hives and die. In a very good, short documentary-style video, Serious Eats talks to farmers and cooks at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, New York, about the crisis. In it, Jack Algiere, Stone Barns four season grower, describes CCD. “With CCD the bees don’t find their way back to the hive and thus, don’t make more honey, don’t make more bees, and don’t get out to pollinate again. That hive will then collapse on itself because it can’t sustain its existence.” This is the little understood, sad reality, currently being reported across the United States and in other countries as well. A bee keeper can be tending to a full hive one day, and find it completely empty the next.
Although the exact cause of CCD is still a mystery, researchers have come upon several factors that may be contributing to the problem including viruses, mites, poor nutrition, and chemical exposure. Other theories point the finger at cell phone radiation, bad weather, and climate change. One thing is for sure: an increase in awareness and continued research is essential to eventually saving the honey bees and our crops.
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