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I still remember when I first heard about colony collapse disorder and that the honey bees were disappearing. There were so many theories about why this was happening. Could it be pollution? Could it be global warming? Could it be cell phones? People stopped for a few moments during their busy day and actually thought about how our future would be impacted by the disappearance of the honey bees. Find out more about the honey bee disappearance and what it means.
The Honey Bee Disappearance and What it Means
When I was a little girl, we went to New Hampshire every summer to visit my Great Uncle for a family reunion. He lived way out in the middle of nowhere and had huge gardens, bee hives and lived quite self sufficiently. You could say he was part of what inspired me to try to do the same when I got older. I remember watching those fenced off bee hives with wonder – not quite understanding how these little creatures made the honey we all loved to eat.
As I got older, I began to understand that honey bees do a lot more than give us honey. They pollinate many of our plants and play a vital role in our food supply. In case you skipped Honey Bees 101, as honey bees fly from flower to flower some of the pollen from each flower ends up on their bodies which in turn gets deposited on other flowers. That pollinates those flowers and they bloom. That bloom produces the gorgeous flowers, juicy berries and delicious tomatoes we all enjoy. No pollination means no fruit, berries and veggies. That means a whole bunch of very hungry people.
Well if you’ve been watching the news lately, you may have heard about a new parasite that turns honey bees into zombies. Normally, I’m a huge fan of zombies but not this time. As zombies, the honey bees walk in circles until they die. That means no flying, no making honey, no pollination. Scientists think that this parasite is a relative of the one that is currently impacting the honey bee population. They hope that by learning more about this parasite, they can figure out what’s causing colony collapse disorder and hopefully stop this problem before it continues to spread.
I hope that the scientists really do find out what’s causing the problems with the honey bees. I haven’t heard much about colony collapse disorder lately in the media. Maybe the interest in the zombie parasite will get people talking about the disappearance of the honey bees again so we can stop it before it’s too late. What do you think?
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