Filed under: Food + Health, Nature + Travel, Science + Tech | Tags: beekeepers, bees, cell phones, colony collapse disorder, disappearance, GMO, honey, navigation, pollinators
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.
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