Bee Aware

Thinning Bee Populations Could Mean Trouble

What was once thought to be a Honeybee crisis in the U.S. has now shifted its focus to the population of wild bees. Some areas of the country that are known for their agricultural production have been ground zero for the rapid decline in wild bees.Perennial plants has alot of pollen

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A long list of problematic consequences follows the absence of these buzzing builders. Bees are pollinators, and pollen is nature’s way of creating more plant life. You need both aspects to work together to complete the process.

Narrowing this issue down to a more manageable size, there are a few key things that should be considered. Take a look at these signs and symptoms clearly calling out for a change in circumstances.

Bees are pollinators for essential food-bearing crops.

It is estimated that about one-third of the nation’s food-bearing crops would have to be manually pollinated if there were no wild bees. The cost involved in a process of completing a job of that massive proportion just wouldn’t be feasible/workable.

There would be an almond shortage as their cultivation depends heavily upon the work of wild bees. Apples, strawberries, and tomatoes would also be among the crops in shortage. These foods are high demand in any grocery store.

The wild bee population consists of over two hundred different species of bees. Scientists have made the estimation that only about two percent of those bees are responsible for the majority of agricultural pollination in the United States. There is no wondering why some problems have arisen.

The location of jeopardized wild bee populations reveals something crucial.

At the end of last year, the University of Vermont published a chart indicating the dispersion of the nation’s wild bee population. The results showed that some of our key agricultural states have suffered enormously from this rapid decline. California being at the top of the list.

California leads the nation in the production of fruits and other valuable crops. It came to the attention of scientists that farming and harmful pesticides could be held responsible for much of the decline in bees.

A few factors are playing into the bee shortage.

Repetitive growing and harvesting of fields in states like California leave the bee population wondering just where to go for food. Once the crops are mature, they are quickly harvested and shipped to the store.

Heavy insecticide usage is another contributor to the great disappearing act. Recent government restrictions have been made as an attempt to counteract this effect. The only real way to tell if these restrictions are making any progress is to wait.

Studies will have to continue in the next few years to truly see any results from this action. Though bees are not to the level of extinction, changes must be made to assure this level is not  obtained.