Effects Of Domestication Of Bees

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Traditional domestication of bees began in the early 1800’s along with most early advent of manmade beehives. Since these early pioneers of apiculture, beekeeping has progressed to an essential aspect of modern agriculture. In America, the production of specialty foods such as berries, nuts, fruit, and vegetables have become reliant on not only wild pollinators as a whole, but domesticated bee’s specifically. Beekeeping has become a reputable business, one that entails beekeepers traveling across states with their colonies to pollinate farms all over the country. Unfortunately in the recent years this process has come under threat due to Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, which predominantly effects domesticated bees. According the Enviromental …show more content…
With the continued decrease in honey bee populations, however, there are additional economic and agricultural issues. In the US, the pollination services provide around 15 billion dollars in crop value (Allsopp). While bees aren’t as important in the production of crops such as corn, fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries are reliant on pollinators. Many of the most common foods that rely on honey bee pollination are shown in the 2006 graph …show more content…
In the US much of that action is still being taken towards further research. 50 million dollars of President Obama’s 2015 budget was dedicated to the United States Department of Agriculture’s pollinator protection and research. This budget was specifically dedicated to advancing honey bee health and habitat, and establishing a pollinator health task force. In addition the USDA created the CCD Steering Committee to conduct research and look into mitigation measures. The Steering Committee has since provided most of the statistics regarding honey bee losses (White House). As stated previously, the EU has already taken steps to limit CCD by banning the potentially lethal insecticides. They have also committed to research and habitat protection. On top of that, it is important that the issue is addressed at a smaller scale as well. Many farmers have been making efforts to have more “bee friendly farms” by using pest integrated management, limiting the need for pesticide use. Some beekeepers are also hoping to strengthen their bees immune system by not over using antibiotics that could weaken their response to mites (Bianco). There are also pushes to create a system where beekeepers sell hives to farms and charge fees to manage them, rather than moving the hives to different farms. This could limit the stress of the bees that is brought on by a constant change in

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