Analysis: The Plight Of The Bumble Bee

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The Plight of the Bumble Bee With the demand for food constantly increasing, modern farmers have taken on new practices to keep up with demands. Some of these practices include genetic modification of plant species and animals, destroying habitats to make room for farm land, and spraying toxic pesticides to keep insects from consuming crops. Some would argue that these practices are necessary for keeping up with todays food demands, while others may argue that their negative side effects are not worth the bounty of food they help supply. Unfortunately, not many consumers know what it takes to produce the food for their everyday meals. The negative side effects from modern agriculture practices vary in severity. However, research has shown …show more content…
These statistics express not only the importance of the health of natural pollinators for our crops but also the economic importance of the insects. This source provides information that stresses the importance of pollinators by offering quantitative data on their impact on crop yields as well as their impact on economic stability in the agricultural sector, which will help me establish that the extinction of pollinators is the most pressing environmental issue. A similar source titled Global Pollinator Declines: Trends, Impacts, and Drivers, offers an even more detailed breakdown of pollinator declination and its affects. This source breaks down the impact of pollinator declines by establishing two broad groups of pollinator-dependent flowering plants: wild flowers and cultivated crops. Since the White House press release focuses on cultivated crops, I will be utilizing this source primarily for its coverage of wild flower declination. The source …show more content…
The press release by the office of the press secretary of the White House also covered what factors are causing such alarming death rates. The release says:
The recent increased loss of honey bee colonies is thought to be caused by a combination of stressors, including loss of natural forage and inadequate diets, mite infestations and diseases, loss of genetic diversity, and exposure to certain pesticides. Contributing to these high loss rates is a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder (CCD), in which there is a rapid, unexpected, and catastrophic loss of bees in a hive. (Fact Sheet,

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