Why Are The Bees Dying?

Why are the bees dying?

 

Remember the film “Bee Movie”?  Remember when the bees went on strike and everything started to die?  Until I saw that movie, I had never really thought about that.  But it’s true!  If bees aren’t there to pollinate, many fruits, veggies, and flowers that rely on pollination… won’t produce their fruit.  Think almonds, blueberries, kiwi, and cocoa!  Yes chocolate!!  And that is the tip of the proverbial iceberg folks.

As far back as 2007, when Bee movie was released, colony collapse disorder (CCD) has been discussed.  Bees are disappearing and/or dying for unknown reasons.  Last winter 1/3 of all the bees in the US were lost.  

“Honeybees originally imported from Europe are used to pollinate $14.6 billion worth of fruits, nuts and other U.S. crops annually. Bees also have disappeared from hives in Brazil and across Europe.”

That is a LOT of pollinating!!!

Why is this happening?

That is the $64,000 question.   Some thoughts include:

 

What’s Next?

The bottom line for me – bees are disappearing, PERIOD!   If this continues, our food supply is in danger.  

This is definitely a topic I want to pay closer attention to.  To raise awareness I am joining with others in the Get The Buzz On Bees and Make Your Backyard Count Blog Fest.  Take a look at it for loads more information.

A new report from Friends of the Earth suggests that many garden products and plants sold at major retailers containing neonicotinoid insecticides are a major contributing factor to this issue.  For more information and ways you can help, click here.

Are you concerned about the bees?

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5 Responses to Why Are The Bees Dying?

  1. Green Bean September 11, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Thank you for raising awareness regarding disappearing bees.

  2. Shane@EnviroBooty September 12, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Really glad oyu are talking about this. So disturbing and I htink a lot of folks do not stop to think what will happen if this continues.

    • Kristina September 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      I was definitely guilty of not making the connection. I just hope more people open their eyes.

  3. Beth September 12, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Great post! So amazing to me how many people still aren’t aware (or care) about this problem. Did you see that image that went around social media a while ago showing what the produce section of a grocery store would look like if we lost the bees? Shocking.

    • Kristina September 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Thanks Beth. I did see that image! Very scary. I wish I knew what would make people more aware and care. I honestly think that Americans just want the easy answers, if it’s not affecting them RIGHT now, they don’t care, think it’s real, don’t have time to deal with it…..

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