Beekeepers Research Paper

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Phillips 1 The loss of honey bees could have an enormous agricultural and economic effect worldwide. Researchers are scrambling for clues, any clues, into the recent, baffling disappearance of honeybees across the United States, a potentially catastrophic trend that threatens the hundred or more food crops dependent on bees for pollination. Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of America’s honeybees could have a devastating effect on the country’s dinner plate, perhaps even reducing its people to a glorified bread-and-water diet. The almond trees are blooming and the bees are dying, and nobody knows why. All up and down California’s vast San Joaquin Valley, nearly 2,500 square kilometers…show more content…
While colony losses are not unexpected during winter weather, the magnitude of loss suffered by some beekeepers was highly unusual. From 1971 to 2006 approximately half of the U.S. honey bee colonies have vanished. No single factor or agent emerged as a definitive cause of the phenomenon. Then best hypothesis is that particular virulent combination of parasites and pathogens may interact to produce lethal consequences to the colonies in an environmental context of chronic exposure to pesticides (Pettisan). Entomologists are working to determine if it’s due to pesticides, environmental or disease-related factors. The degeneration is widespread enough to warrant its own nomenclature Colony Collapse Disorder (Mussen). A lot of people think honey bees are only important for producing honey; however, bees play a very important part of our lives. Bees pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have. Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. Also, lots of really sweet and tart stuff, too, including fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons. In fact, about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80% of that pollination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bees and flowers they pollinate are disappearing, according to journalist, John Roach for National Geographic News, a new study of bee

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