This season, more than a quarter of the population of the Bee’s in our country were wiped out. According to USDA, this 28% that died were the sign of something that could be very threatening in the future. Our bees, are a huge environmental help to us. A fun fact: 1/3 of the food we eat is directly and or indirectly pollinated by a bee. If we want to keep farming nurseries and farms for blueberries, almonds, apples, cucumbers, etc, we need to have pollination, we do not have that without bees. The bulk of the decline is in the winter, but this past year, many are dying off in the summer, which is when they should be at their peak and flourishing. The 2015-16 season has had the biggest annual decline that we have seen in years. The main problem that is killing them is the infestation of mites that are sucking the blood out of the bees, killing them. There are also more harmful land practices that we take part in, such as the use of pesticides on our farm fields kills or slows down many of the bees.
I think that this problem is huge. A place to start is to discard using the regular pesticides being used today on the farm fields. With this, I think we will see a large comeback with the population, a decade ago, we had 5 million bees. Now, we have about half of that, which is producing much less honey, and pollinating our foods that we eat daily, less. We need to act on this quick before it is too late, they are one of the main sources we have for a sustainable agricultural base in our country.