Buzzfeed: The Importance of Honey Bees

Honeybee colony collapse

It is a common fear to be afraid of getting stung by a bee; typically described as a summer nuisance. However, these small hardworking insects are vital to our environment and are a critical factor in global agriculture.

Eighty percent of all insect pollination is accounted for by honeybees. Everything from apples to oranges to even pecans in your pecan pie is made possible by bees. Without pollination, your favorite fruits and vegetables would significantly decrease. So since bees are so great, why are we talking about honeybees? The reason is because there has been a steadily decline of honeybees for the past 10 years in the United States and Europe.

Beekeepers have reported annual hive losses of 30 percent or more which is more than considered normal. Although this past winter, many US beekeepers reported losses of 40 to 50 percent or more in annual hives which is substantially high. Researchers are calling this phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder and believe that one-third of all honeybees have disappeared.  CCD is defined as a dead colony with a live queen usually with honey and immature bees present however there are no adult bees or dead bee bodies. The amount of hives in the United States is at its lowest point in the last 50 years. Researchers believe that the contributing factors to the disorder are exposure to pesticides, parasites and global warming. The combination of all three can wreak havoc on a bee’s immune system.

Common sense practices can protect and restore the world’s bee such as banning the 7 most deadliest pesticides, restoring ecological agriculture, and preserving the natural habitat of the bees. Honeybees are essential creatures of our ecosystem and it is up to us to make certain that they are protected.

Thelisha Aluc

My name is Thelisha Aluc and I was born in Providence, Rhode Island. My parents are from Haitian descent and came to the United States to gain an opportunity for my two siblings and I to have a better life. Although I was born up north, I was raised in sunny North Miami Beach, FL for about 15 years. I graduated from the University of South Florida with my bachelor’s degree in Public Health. My interest in environmental health first came from when I was at a young age. Living in Miami, we would receive testing kits issued by the city to test the quality of our tap water. My parents never understood the purpose of the kit so I decided to test the water myself. Ever since then, I’ve always had in interest in the environment around me. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida. My goal is to gain a master’s degree in environmental health so that I can work within local government to improve water quality and recycling methods.

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