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The Importance of Honey Bees & Why They Are Going Extinct

September 19th, 2013 by in Animals with 523 Views

When I think of bees, I think of running away avoiding being stung.  In reality, honey bee’s do much more for our countries agriculture than I initially realized growing up.  Lately over the past several years, there has been a large increase in honey bee death with no known cause. This is known mainly as colony collapse disorder (CCD). Collapsed colonies contain no adult bees but have the presence of honey.

Honey bee’s pollinate 80% of all our flowering crops which amounts to 1/3 of the food we eat.  If honey bee’s continue dying it is not only going to effect our fresh produce but also potentially our beef and dairy products, as cattle consume alfalfa which bees pollinate. Tangerines, grapefruit, cherries, oranges and apples are 90% dependent on honey bee pollination while almonds are 100% dependent on honey bees.  Honey bee’s are contribute 14 billion dollars to US crop production.

The average worker bee only produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. During the summer months, there are normally 60,000 to 80,000 worker bees per colony.  Honey is extremely important in the diet.  It is a natural energy booster, contains an antioxidant and combats infection.  Bee’s have to gather 10 pounds of nectar for 1 pound of honey.

Though it is not known why or how these bees are dying, it is thought part may be due to a new type of pesticide being used over the past few years that wasn’t used before.  Hopefully it can be figured out soon what is causing this problem before it gets worse and more honey bee’s disappear.

  • Jim

    If you consume local honey, you will build up your resistance to local allergens. A great idea for me… because I’ve been sneezing up a storm lately.

  • Michael Six

    Who knows were to buy local honey though?

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    Honey, Flower and Bees are related each other. Honey is called the natural antibiotic. Can I cultivate bees in my house to collect pure honey?