Colony Collapse Disease Analysis

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According to Wayne Ellwood “A quarter of all US beekeepers had suffered losses and more than 30 percent of all bee colonies in the country were completely wiped out” Even though bees play a major part in the world for pollinating there has been a major decline in the population. From increased uses of pesticides, insecticide and fungicides being used of crops and gardens the bees who pollinate are picking up those chemicals. Thus bringing it back to the colony and possibly poisoning the whole colony. Also Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) plays a big role in the decline in population. From Colony Collapse Disorder to different insecticides and pesticides being used by humans it is slowly terminating the bee’s population this problem can be solved …show more content…
It is somewhat clear to people who have bee hives to identify when CCD occurs. Some colonies get raided by moths and beetles, some have an extensive amount of death from poisons but when all the bees just vanish with little to no traces of death it is a tell-tale sign of CCD. CCD can be caused by numerous things from not having enough flowers to pollinate, and by other insects and animals attacking the hive. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CCD is evident when an enormous quantity of worker bees flee and when the queen is left with adolescence bees with plenty of honey to consume. Neonicotinoids, a main pesticide used by not just farmers but the public as well, effects not just bees but other pollinators too such as butterflies. According to Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) in the article Bee Declines and Links with Pesticides “more than 25 products containing neonicotinoids are available to the public as treatments. . .”(2) those are used for lawn care tasks to gardening tasks. From the use of those twenty –five different pesticides the public and some farmers don’t always use the recommended amount of chemicals thus creating run off. When neonicotinoids are applied to the ground the plants absorb it and spreads it throughout the plant going from the roots to the leaves and flowers. Once it is to the leaf …show more content…
The decline in bee population is partially occurring because of the major changes in the agricultural field. The farmers need to have a higher yield to have a profit and to feed the world. The only viable option for them is to use pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and other chemicals. Something the farmers don’t realize is that they need the bees and other pollinators to pollinate the crop so it can produce, but some of the chemicals used on the crops are harmful to the bees creating an impasse. Which would be farmers using chemicals to help the crop but also is less harmful to the bees and environment. Which is a very difficult task but is not impossible with today’s technology and future technology. The decline in bees is directly related back to humans. PAN UK states in the article Bee Declines that “The first reports of large scale bee deaths that were attributed to CCD started to arrive from the US in 2006, and have continued since with an estimated 30% of managed colonies being lost each year.” So if a hive had 1,000 bees including the queen, worker and nursing bees 300 of them would be dead over the summer time, with more expected to die over the winter months as well. More than 300 bees would be dead from each managed colony.

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