In recent years the bee population has been in decline which has developed into a very grave situation. A world with no bees, could you just imagine that? Bees have a crucial task to do to allow the human race to continue. It has long been suggested that without the bee the human race would probably not last for more than a decade, due to the fact that they in no small part, help to pollinate crops of fruit and vegetables as well as our garden flowers. Without having certain species of bee that have such a very close connection with particular plants, that without these bees, these plants would almost certainly vanish from our countryside for ever. If we are to survive therefore, much more must be done in order to save the humble bee.
Bees have sustained significant declines through recent years due to the impact of intensive farming. Since the Second World War their habitat has fast been eroded by intensive farming and pollution from the increased use of pesticides.
Additional issues have had their own impact on the bee, for example cooler wet summers and inbreeding that has lowered the bee’s genetic diversity. Another major problem has been the parasite known as the Varroa mite which weakens the bees immune system, which in turn leaves the bees open to attack from other diseases. When a colony becomes contaminated by way of the mite and it is left untreated it is likely that the colony will probably perish in just a short period of time.
If that was not enough in 2006 it was being reported that a strange thing was happening to bee colonies in the United States; the hives were almost overnight being abandoned. This was to be known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This subsequently passed on to Europe as well as the UK with disastrous consequences. Reasons for CCD have been suggested, like parasites and viruses, but even with large sums of money being spent to ascertain the cause the answer has yet to be found.
Yet another problem is likely to affect the bees, a problem that is unknown at present like the effects of GM crops and the extreme changes to weather conditions that may be a result of climate change.
We are all able to to do things to help make a difference. We need to get rid of garden pesticides and start growing plants that have nectar-rich flowers. We can use organic fruit and vegetables and if able install bee hives in gardens and learn how to look after the bees. They are going to repay your care and attention by manufacturing honey and wax as well as pollinating your flowers and vegetables. You might not believe that these relatively simple steps can make a difference to the plight of the bee, but if we all do something, however small, collectively it will make a big difference to the plight of the humble bee.
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