Following the population peak of American honey bees in 1950, when there were an estimated 5.5 million bees, the bee population in the United States has steadily decreased year after year. This rapid decline in bee population can be contributed to a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, in which the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear, leaving the colony to collapse and die. If this trend continues, the very resources we take for granted today, like flowers, fruits, vegetables, and honey, will be gone forever!
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Call to Action
We need to save America’s bees! If we are to protect and save our remaining bee population, we must limit our usage of pesticides on plants bees commonly pollinate, and we must also switch to genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Neonicotinoids are a family of pesticides that target insects, but also incidentally, honey bees. They have been shown to cause colony collapse disorder by breaking down immune systems, disrupting nervous systems, causing bees to quit feeding, provoking disorientation so insects can’t find their way back home. Ever since colony collapse disorder was first identified, 50 to 90 percent of bees across the United States have died. Furthermore, in the six years leading up to 2013, more than 10 million beehives were lost.
In the end, bees are essential to our life and food production; without bees, nature would collapse. Therefore, we urge everyone to research bees, their role on our community, and what we can do to save them. With your help, bees with make a comeback and strengthen the food chain! What we need to do is help the organisms that help us. What we need to do is save the bees!