Honeybees: Population Declines Continue, Is The American Food Supply In Jeopardy?

Honeybees have been disappearing at an alarming rate since 2005. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) has sparked increased efforts to preserve the pollinating insects. Approximately 70 percent of our food supply is pollinated by honeybees — if the bees die, the human race will not be far behind.

Although many long, cold weeks of winter remain, beekeepers from around the country are busy preparing for the upcoming pollination season. In Connecticut, where a $3 billion agricultural economy hangs in the balance, 7,000 beehives are being painstakingly tended to and monitored – actions which are echoed in a host of agricultural-based states.

As much as 70 percent of the honeybees in colder parts of the country did not survive the harsh winter last year. Honeybee population declines are developing as a major blow to farmers and gardeners – a situation that could lead to higher food prices. The 2013, colony collapse disorder statistics follows record losses of the little pollinators due to colony collapse disorder, a condition in which entire hives disappear or die.

“Bees are the primary link between us and the bounty of fruits and vegetables in our supermarkets. People don’t realize how important they are,” Logee’s Nursery owner in Danielson, Connecticut, Byron Martin, said. “You don’t need a bee to get a head of broccoli or alfalfa. You do need bees to pollinate the mother plants that produce the seeds that grow those crops. People miss that connection.”
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