Bees are in danger and it is a very serious issue. Bees are responsible for pollinating the majority of the plants on our planet, without bees who will do the pollination?
Bee populations have been declining since the early 2000s and began in far fewer numbers than we are seeing now. Agricultural records from more than a century ago do note the occasional bee disappearance but it was nothing like what we are currently dealing with. Colony Collapse Disorder CCD is something identified around 2014, this ‘infectious disease’ was ravaging the US as well as European honeybee hives. Now, CCD is not considered a problem in the same ways it was back in 2014 the bee population is still declining.
Our planet is constantly becoming more and more polluted and with the industrial use of herbicides and insecticides, bees do not stand much of a chance. Honeybees both wild and domestic makeup about 80 percent of all pollination in the world to be more exact. One single bee can pollinate around 300 million flowers each day.
Fruits and veggies are pollinated by bees. Without the bees, we would be in big trouble. While chemical industries consider the bee collapse to be a ‘mystery.’ The cause is clear and apparent. Bees are dying from the use of pesticides, drought, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming, and so many other factors. We are responsible for the death of the bees, we are KILLING the bees.
Greenpeace reported as follows on the issue:
Biologists have found more than 150 different chemical residues in bee pollen, a deadly “pesticide cocktail” according to University of California apiculturist Eric Mussen. The chemical companies Bayer, Syngenta, BASF, Dow, DuPont, and Monsanto shrug their shoulders at the systemic complexity as if the mystery were too complicated. They advocate no change in pesticide policy. After all, selling poisons to the world’s farmers is profitable.
Furthermore, wild bee habitat shrinks every year as industrial agribusiness converts grasslands and forest into monoculture farms, which are then contaminated with pesticides. To reverse the world bee decline, we need to fix our dysfunctional and destructive agricultural system.
Common sense actions can restore and protect the world’s bees. Here’s a strong start:
Ban the seven most dangerous pesticides.
Protect pollinator health by preserving wild habitat.
Restore ecological agriculture.
Ecological farming is the overarching new policy trend that will stabilize human food production, preserve wild habitats, and protect the bees. The nation of Bhutan has led the world in adopting a 100 percent organic farming policy. Mexico has banned genetically modified corn to protect its native corn varieties. Eight European countries have banned genetically modified crops and Hungary has burned more than 1,000 acres of corn contaminated with genetically modified varieties. In India, scientist Vandana Shiva and a network of small farmers have built an organic farming resistance to industrial agriculture over two decades.
Ecological, organic farming is nothing new. It is the way most farming has been done throughout human history. Ecological farming resists insect damage by avoiding large monocrops and preserving ecosystem diversity. Ecological farming restores soil nutrients with natural composting systems, avoids soil loss from wind and water erosion, and avoids pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
By restoring bee populations and healthier bees, ecological agriculture improves pollination, which in turn improves crop yields. Ecological farming takes advantage of the natural ecosystem services, water filtration, pollination, oxygen production, and disease and pest control.
Organic farmers have advocated better research and funding by industry, government, farmers, and the public to develop organic farming techniques, improve food production, and maintain ecological health. The revolution in farming would promote equitable diets around the world and support crops primarily for human consumption, avoiding crops for animal food and biofuels.
Why is it that we are not making the necessary efforts here in the US to protect the bees? Is this issue not imminent enough?
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