Essay A Look At Ccd : Colony Collapse Disorder
POTENTIAL CAUSES FOR DISAPPEARING BEE COLONIES OVER THE LAST DECADE
When you think of bees, you may first think of an annoyance. They want ruin your picnic, they might sting you, and many people are allergic to them. Take a closer look. Bees are a cornerstone in the production of many mass-produced foods.
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• It might be easy to imagine a life without caraway or turnips. But coffee? Onions? APPLES?
• We may be looking at a future where these beloved foods, and many more, no longer exist, because the impending extinction of bees leaves no backup source for pollination for plants. Consequent worldwide food shortages (for humans and all species!) lay close behind.
• Ever since 2006, beekeepers have been reporting mass losses of bee colonies. The world’s population of these insects has declining exponentially since the 1940’s. The phenomenon has been called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), referring to when an entire bee colony is wiped out, with few or no adult bees remaining.
• No single reason has been pin pointed as to why millions of bees have been lost in the past decade. It’s more likely that a combination of factors have led to bees dying out so quickly.
Want to know just what’s blame? Here’s a list of contributing factors:
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