Bees are one of the most important insects; they must be protected. We must find a way to save them, and ultimately, save ourselves.
Bees are fuzzy little insects that are one of the biggest contributors to pollination in the world; however, 23.2 percent of honeybee colonies have died over the last winter, causing extreme concern for the future of agriculture. In addition, over the past year, multiple types of bees have been added to the endangered list.
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Maurice Maeterlinck said in his book, The Life of the Bee.
Bees and other pollinators account for the production of one-third of the world’s crops, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Concern arose in 2003 after many beekeepers reported missing colonies of bees. This mysterious disappearance of Honeybees became known as Colony Collapse Disorder, and its cause stumped scientists for years.
A Harvard study suggested that the onset of the bees’ extinction was triggered by the use of plant pesticides like Neonicotinoids and Sulfoxaflor.
Sulfoxaflor is a systemic pesticide, meaning it makes the whole plant poisonous. Once the plant absorbs the pesticide, its nectar and pollen become toxic to bees.
Sulfoxaflor was approved in 2013 by the US Environmental Protection Agency, but was challenged in a federal appeal court after increased concern for the dying bees surfaced.
After studies showed its harmful and often deadly effect, the court overturned its approval of Sulfoxaflor in September of 2015.
The court’s decision was significant because it effectively repealed a deadly pesticide to bees.
Helping bees can be an easy thing if everyone contributes to the effort. There are plants like Catmint, Chives, Wild Lilac, and Indigo that one can plant that help create new habitats for bees. For more information on how you can help ease this, visit this separate article.
It is important to be familiar with our need for bees. They are not our enemy, but more of a tiny friend.