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Eliana Correa
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The Demise of the Honey Bees
Honey bees and the other pollinators have been providing humans their invaluable pollinating services. These pollinators have helped produce approximately $19 billion worth of agricultural crops in the United States alone in 2010. (Arnold). The BeeBase, operated by the National Bee Unit (NBU) in England, has been operating since 1991 and was created to set out to protect and sustain the national bee stocks. A new initiative called, Healthy Bees Plan, encourages the 20,000 beekeepers in England and Wales to register and stay in close contact with the NBU. The database will play a key role in allocating the new funds allotted to honey bee protection. (National Bee Unit). Honey bee colonies are collapsing because of colony collapse disorder or CCD. There are many factors that cause CCD, such as parasites, viruses, chemicals, bacteria, and the environment, but many experts disagree on what combination of these factors actually cause CCD. Despite being considered a pest, nuisance, and some may say, dangerous, the bees are still a necessary part of agriculture. As humans, we should respond to their disappearance by helping re-populate the honey bees since many plants rely on them for pollination. Different ways to help re-populate the bees are by planting a diversity of plants around your home to lessen the potential contamination of plants, avoid the use of any pesticides, and lastly, take up bee keeping as a hobby. Without bees, cross pollination of plants would lessen and plants will be more susceptible to diseases. Honey bees are essential to the human survival because honey bees pollinate huge quantities of the human food supply. Commercial beekeepers are classified as such because of the many thousands of beehives that they are responsible for. Parasites such as the Varroa mite,…...

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