Honey bees still in danger as population continues to decline

Honey bees still in danger as population continues to decline

A participant holds up a honeycomb frame during the annual bee camp held by author and honey bee expert, Michael Bush in Nehawka, Neb. The buzz about honey bees is that their population is still in danger. Recent data from the Bee Informed Partnership shows honey bee populations continue to decline. Just this past winter, statistics showed a 37.7% decline in managed honey bee populations — bee colonies kept by beekeepers. This is the greatest reported winter hive loss in 13 years. Honey bees are an essential part of the environment and critical in maintaining the livelihood of plants. “Many plants cannot reproduce without pollinators. Some are dependent entirely on honey bees, but even if there are other pollinators for that plant, those are suffering from the same problems of insecticides and lack of food. Many plants will become extinct without pollinators,” explained Michael Bush, honey bee expert and author of “The Practical Beekeeper, Beekeeping Naturally.” A loss of the honey bee would be a critical hit to our food supply. What is putting our bees in danger? “They are poisoned directly or indirectly at every turn,” Bush noted. Insecticides are one of the major culprits, killing them outright, […]

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