Food Supply : Honey Bees Essay

1944 Words Dec 10th, 2016 8 Pages
On any given day, millions of Americans flock to grocery stores, farmers markets, or even their own gardens for food to sustain us. Similarly, on any given day, millions and millions of bees are buzzing over our flowering crops, pollenating them for reproduction. What we often forget to realize is that bees are responsible for the production of almost one third of our food. Bees boast an overwhelming 4,000 species’ in the United States, and these bees, particularly honey bees, pollenate around 85% of all flowering crops in the entire world. Over the past twenty years, bees populations have been decreasing at an ever alarming rate. Since 2006 alone, our country has lost 40% of our commercial honey bee population. With these numbers and all of the alarming statistics, it is important that we consider both ethical and market approaches to revitalize communities and replenish food supply.

Honey bees as a population follow an extremely interesting order to maintain productivity and success within their hives and colonies. Adult female bees are labeled as queens in the hive and only emerge to mate with the adult male drones. This happens three times over the course of their queen bee lives, and the sperm is held over time to produce more bees. The younger bees of the colonies are responsible for the work effort needed to sustain the hive. Young worker bees tend to the needs of the queen bee, while the older worker bees tend to the maintenance of the hive, conversion of nectar…

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