3 Reasons Why Bees Are Dying In 2018
Whether you are just getting into the honey producing business or you have been in it for years, there is a good chance that you have heard about the mysteries surrounding the disappearances of honeybee workers. In fact, the mystery has been in the news for the past decade. People from all over the world have truly been puzzled by these disappearances, but what’s even more troubling is that it seemed at one point that the disappearances had waned. However, some individuals have suggested that these disappearances could start back up again. What does this mean for the year of 2018 and what exactly is causing these mysterious disappearances?
Harder Time Finding Food
It is no big surprise that the world is changing, evolving, and adapting. What once used to be fields of flowers have now been converted into city streets and bustling buildings. Land is being developed and built on all the time. This is making it much harder for bees to find the food that they need to survive. In fact, the country’s hot spot for commercial beekeeping used to be in the Northern Great Plains located in the Dakotas and its neighboring areas. At one time the area was home to over one million bustling hives and colonies. There were tons of nectar available from nearby wildflowers and other plants, but unfortunately that is no longer the case.
From 2006 to 2016 over half of this land was bought and sold to agricultural manufacturers. What once used to be flowers and plants is now rows of soybean and corn. As more and more developing takes places it is likely that the bee population will die out even further, which is a true shame.
Pesticides And Chemical Exposure
In this day and age everything is about production and money. Farmers and agricultural manufacturers want to get their product in the ground, grown, and sold as fast as possible so they can start their next crop. Well, one way that they are making this possible is through the utilization of pesticides and chemicals. When these pesticides and chemicals are sprayed they aren’t really localized. This means that if the wind is blowing it could pick up trace amounts of the toxins and carry them to nearby flowers and plants.
Even bees that have to travel through these pesticides and chemicals to get to their flowers are at risk of exposure. With the increasing rate of manufacturers and farmers using these toxic chemicals this could be another explanation as to why the honeybee population is lacking.
Environmentalists have been complaining and preaching about global climate change for the last decade or so now. Many individuals haven’t really paid attention to all the warnings and research that was presented on the subject. However, the results of this terrible condition are now becoming more apparent. Hurricanes followed by abnormal weather and frequent winter storms are truly doing a number on the bee population. Not only do these conditions have the potential of killing out bees, but also they disrupt their feeding patterns. All of these weather and climate changes can impact how bees forage for food.