If you listen or read the news, you’ve heard that honeybees are dying at an alarming rate worldwide. In fact, 2015 data taken from the University of Maryland (and published in ScienceDaily.com), reports a 44-percent loss of honeybees in the U.S., and more than 45-percent honeybee loss in other parts of the world. As environmental scientists try to pinpoint the issue, agriculturalists point to impacts of a world without bees and what that means for the future of food and health…
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1. Colony Collapse Disorder
According to an article in Time Magazine, bees started dying off at an alarming rate sometime in the early 1990s. That’s when beekeepers began to report bees evacuating their hives at alarming rates for mysterious reasons. Beekeepers also noted a significant decrease in honeybee colonies during this same time.
But the media didn’t start “buzzing” about the loss of our smallest and most relied upon farm workers until about spring 2013, when a 45-percent bee colony loss was linked to colony collapse disorder (CDC), which is when most of the worker bees in a colony virtually up and disappear.