What’s the Buzz? Honey Bee Disappearance!

What’s the Buzz? Honey Bee Disappearance!

Santa Barbara, California, USA --- Honey bee hovering near blue-eyed grass flower --- Image by © Ralph Clevenger/Corbis

The only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you’re a bee…The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey….and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.
~ Winnie the Pooh in A.A. Milne’s ‘The House at Pooh Corner’

Honey bees are dying at an alarming rate across North America and Europe, courtesy of the “Colony Collapse Disorder”. This disorder is described as a phenomenon in which worker bees from a hive or colony suddenly disappear. Scientists are working hard to find out why the honey bee is dying off so quickly.

Today I would like to focus on an insect that is so vital to our food supply, that if it disappeared our lives would never be the same again.

Honeybees are perhaps one of the least recognized workers in the agricultural industry. They contribute $15 billion in annual agriculture revenue to the U.S. economy alone; a full one-third of the U.S. food supply depends on them pollinating cropsMercola

Could you imagine losing $15 billion in annual income? That is hard for me to fathom. Especially since the lost revenue, comes in the form of lost fruits and vegetables, of which yours truly loves to eat. Actually a large part of my diet comes from fruits and veggies. Below is a short list of some of the plants that bees pollinate:

  • Almonds         Asparagus
  • Apples             Broccoli
  • Apples             Broccoli
  • Blueberries    Onions
  • Grapes            Squash
  • Nectarines      Carrots
  • Peaches           Watermelons

As you can see there are many plants these lively little creatures pollinate. And this is only a fraction of the list. One of the most important crops honey bees pollinate is almonds. Did you know that California produces 80% of the world’s supply of almonds? If honey bees die off so will the almonds. That is a scary scenario to me!

Their pollination of plants is responsible for the existence of nearly a third of the food we eat and has a similar impact on wildlife food supplies. National Geographic

To me these are staggering numbers. I mean nearly a third of what we eat, honey bees pollinate. Could you imagine if that was taken away? That is why we need to take a stand now and make sure the little honey bee survives or we may not like life without them. I don’t want to imagine a life without honey bees or all the delicious foods they pollinate.

The honey bee has intrigued me and I hope this post opens your eyes to the fight the honey bee is going through for survival. I am going to start a weekly series on the honey bee.

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Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara, California, USA — Honey bee hovering near blue-eyed grass flower — Image by © Ralph Clevenger/Corbis