Why should we be concerned that the bees are disappearing? What does it mean to us? Does the disappearance of bees herald the extinction of the human race? Why are the bees disappearing in such large numbers and what can be done to stop it?
A strange phenomenon has occurred across the country. Worker bees have left the hives to find nectar and pollen, never to return. Bee keepers are reporting losses of up to 60% of their bee population. Scientists estimate the domestic honey bee to have decreased in population by about 50% in the past 50 years.
Honey bees are responsible for pollinating a significant amount of our food supply. There are many foods that cannot be grown without bee pollination. The list of foods in danger includes apples, cranberries, almonds, and endless other fruits and vegetables.
There are a number of theories on why the bee is disappearing. No one can really be sure which is responsible. Normally the dead bees would be studied to find cause of death. Since the bees are simply not returning to their hives there are no specimens to collect and analyze.
Most scientists now feel that increased pesticide use is to blame for the disappearing bee. The bees try to pollinate crops that have been sprayed for insects or genetically modified and ingest the lethal poison. They die right there in the fields and never return to their hive.
Certainly, many of the bees could be caught in bee traps placed in yards and gardens. People are conditioned to comfort now but our comforts may be a deterrent to life of any kind in the future. Yes, bees do sting us in self defense, but they also make it possible to enjoy a wide variety of food.
Some feel bees may be infected with a virus known as Israeli acute paralysis virus. This virus is thought to have originated in Australia. It got its' name because it is known to have infected hives in Israel. The problem with this theory is that the diseased bees die in the hive rather than disappearing.
According to Dr. Warnke, a leading researcher, there is also a possibility that the bees could be reacting to the magnetic fields caused by cell phone towers. They have magnesomes in their bodies which help them to navigate via electromagnetic frequencies. He says bees are disappearing because the magnetic fields confuse them and they cannot navigate home.
Whatever the reason, bees are a necessary part of life as we know it. Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left."
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