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.
That is a LOT of pollinating!!!
Why is this happening?
That is the $64,000 question. Some thoughts include:
- virus IAPV ( Israeli acute paralysis virus),
- genetically modified plants with insect-resistance built in are weakening the bees intestines allowing parasites,
- Collapsing immune systems
- modern beekeeping practices
- pesticides again leaving the bees particularly weak and more susceptible to parasites.
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?