Bees are dying at an alarming rate in the last few years. Bee colonies all around the world have been collapsing at a really groundbreaking rate.
This is extremely alarming for many food producers because it affects and will effect every crop that depends directly or indirectly on bee colonies for pollination. Plenty beekeepers have lost all or some of their hives all around the world. This phenomenon is called “Colony Collapse Disorder” and is has been recorded in Europe, Asia and the United States too. In China, bees colonies are almost gone for good. The pollination is now done by hand which takes much more time and costs more money too. More and more scientists believe that if bee colonies continue to die out at the present rate, bees will disappear altogether within a next few years.
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Scientists simply do not know how to explain why the bee colonies are dying. Plenty researchers have looked at viruses, parasites, insecticides and malnutrition too and other environmental factors but are still unable to pinpoint a specific cause for such a rapid decline of bee colonies worldwide.
Bees eat pollen and nectar. The honey bee averagely lives around 21 days, and then dies. The queen bee lives up to a year or even more. A single bee travels approximately 55,000 miles during its entire life time. Each bee produces only maybe one tenth of one teaspoon of honey. However bees do much more for us than just produce honey. Bees are the main pollinators of the crops all around the world. Around third of the food we eat is dependent on bee colonies. True, dairy products such as milk, butter and cheese do not come from crops, but even the grass is indirectly reliant on the bee colonies. Grass requires nitrogen in the soil which is produced by the clover that does depend on the bees for its pollination.
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So what to do to help the bees to survive? Scientists say that we need to try to limit the destruction of bee habitats, the specific places where bee colonies thrive.
Bee habitats that contain a rich biodiversity enable the bees to feed on wide variety of shrub and tree blossoms. They need to build up strong immune systems that will protect them against all sorts of viruses and disease.