J500 Media and the Environment

Where Have All The Bees Gone? by mstinawood

There is a mysterious phenomenon occurring in bee hives across the nation. Beekeepers are returning to their hives only to find that their bees have all but disappeared. In most cases, only a queen and some hatchlings remained. To the surprise of the beekeepers, no evidence of a predatory attack from wasps or honey loving animals could be found. In addition, no sign of dead bee bodies, mites, or disease could be seen. Beekeepers are perplexed and ask,”Where did all the bees go?

The disappearance of honeybees has scientists, farmers, and beekeepers alarmed. This insect plays a critical role in the human food chain. This species is the primary pollinator of hundreds of types of nuts, flowers, vegetables, and fruits. CCD or Colony Collapse Disorder is the name given to this potentially devastating situation and it has the potential to dramatically effect global honey and food production.

Theories for the cause of CCD range from stress to cell phones to GMOs. Bees are put under huge amounts of stress by being trucked across the country by their keepers looking for pollination work. While on the road they are fed the equivalent fortified kool-aid, weakening their immune systems. Radiation from cell phone devices could also be a contributing factor as it may interfere with the bees navigation. Many believe the increased use of chemical pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified plants are to blame. Not to mention, commercial hives are fumigated regularly with chemicals to kill harmful mites.

My best guess: bees are succumbing to a combination of all of these factors and more that have yet to be identified. So the next time you bite into that tasty pollinated fruit, don’t forget the bees that made it possible.

Tina Wood

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Every time I think about bees now I think about two things (well, three if you count your attack): A Bee’s Life and The Happening. The first addresses what would happen if bees stopped making honey. The second points to the disappearance of bees as an indicator of the end of the world.

As lame as it is to be influenced by Hollywood, I’ve definitely been worrying about those bees since I saw those movies. And I mus say I’m very happy with the trend toward producing movies like Wall-E that force-feed people information they’ve been ignoring for 30 years.

Great post. Glad you came out alive from the interviews at least.

Comment by alyv

All the exposure I’ve had to bees has really opened my eyes to how intricate our food system is and how dependent we are on the insects and animals that so often are taken for granted. My goal in writing these posts is to inform myself and others about the importance of all the little things, i.e. bees, that don’t get the attention or appreciation they deserve.

Comment by christinaw09

I used to do a program at my old school where we taught kids about insects and my favorite statistic is that at least 2/3 bites of food come from bees in some form or another. One thing though – you also have to take these science articles with a grain of salt. Even though something is in a popular science magazine like Scientific American or Nature doesn’t mean that it’s the answer – there are many other theories about CCD and you also have to consider how we’re ousting the native bees and wasps from areas by bringing in honey bees.

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