Human And Environment Related Causes For The Honeybee Population Collapse

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Do it For The Honey:
Causes For The Honeybee Population Collapse
Einstein once said, “If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live.” The world’s honeybee populations are in dreadful need of help. Scientists have found that thousands of honeybee colonies have been disappearing. They’re dying from CCD, also known as colony collapse disorder. Some say that the honeybee population collapse can be directly tied to the severe overuse of a wide array of pesticides. On the other hand, beekeepers argue that there are several human and environment related causes for the honeybee population collapse. Although the overuse of pesticides is severely detrimental to the honeybee population, there isn’t one single cause for colony collapse disorder.
Honeybees play a huge part in food production, and are the main source for pollinating plants. For instance, “in agriculture, nearly a third of pollination is accomplished by honeybees” (“Pollinators and Pesticides”). Without the help of bees, we would not longer have foods like: Almonds, cherries, cucumbers, melons, carrots, pears, apricots, cantaloupe, apples, onions, kiwi, plums, cranberries, blueberries, avocadoes and more. In the article, “Scientist May Have Finally Solved Mystery Behind Honey Bee Decline,” published in St George News, the author, Kimberly Scott, states “some beekeepers have lost 50-90 percent of their colonies, often within a matter of weeks translating into thousands of dead…

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