How Honeybee Population Decline could lead to your favourite foods disappearing forever.

beestuffHoneybees are one of the world’s leading pollinators, for they are responsible for $30 billion a year in crops, and we depend on them and other pollinators for one-third of our food supply. Without bees, our produce sections in supermarkets would look bare- with up to 50% less fruit and vegetables- and our favorite foods, such as apples, coffee, avocados, carrots, lemons, onions, broccoli, and not to mention honey, would become a luxury of the past.

As the scientific genius Albert Einstein once said – ‘If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.’ One can understand the gravity of the situation from this quote.

Beginning in 2006, beekeepers began to notice an unusual decrease and disappearance in their honeybee colonies. It seemed as if thousands of honeybees were vanishing into thin air. As worker bees would die, entire bee colonies would collapse. This is called the Colony Collapse Disorder. There are many proposed causes for this syndrome, including: the use of pesticides and insecticides, such as neonicotinoid; the influx of the varroa mite; the spread of diseases and viruses; poor nutrition; habitat loss; and stress factors, such as migratory stress.

Farmers need to stop using chemical based fertilizers and insecticides and there needs to be a movement towards organic food. The responsibility also lies with us by using organic foods and creating a demand for the same so that agriculturists take note of the same and move towards organic farming.
It’s time we take notice of this seemingly trivial but grave issue and act to save the bees before it’s too late.

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