Start Beekeeping and Save The Bee
Article by Michael G Thompson
In recent years the bee population has been in decline which has developed into a very serious situation. A world without bees, can you just imagine that? Bees have a essential task to do to permit the human race to continue. It has been stated that without the bee the human race would in all probability not last for more than a decade, due to the fact that they in no small part, help to pollinate crops of fruit and vegetables as well as our garden flowers. Without having certain species of bee that have such a very close connection with particular plants, that without these bees, these plants would almost definitely disappear from our countryside for good. Therefore for the human race to carry on we must do a lot more in order to save the humble bee.
Bees have sustained significant declines through recent years due to the impact of intensive farming. Since the Second World War their habitat has fast been eroded by intensive farming and pollution from the increased use of pesticides.
Additional issues have had their own impact on the bee, for example cooler wet summers and inbreeding that has lowered the bee’s genetic diversity. An additional serious issue has been the parasite referred to as the Varroa mite which unfortunately weakens the bees immune system, which in turn results in the bees becoming exposed to attack from various other diseases. When a colony becomes contaminated by way of the mite and it is left untreated it is likely that the colony will probably perish in just a short period of time.
If that was not enough in 2006 it was being reported that a strange thing was happening to bee colonies in the United States; the hives were being abandoned almost overnight. This was to be known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This subsequently passed on to Europe as well as the UK with disastrous consequences. Reasons for CCD have been suggested, like parasites and viruses, but even with large sums of money being spent to ascertain the cause the answer has yet to be found.
Yet another problem is likely to affect the bees, a problem that is unknown at present like the effects of GM crops and the extreme changes to weather conditions that may be a result of climate change.
We are all able to to do things to help make a difference. We need to throw away garden pesticides and start growing plants which have nectar-rich flowers. We can easily start using organic fruit and vegetables and if we able, set up bee hives in gardens and find out the best way to be able to take care of the bees. They are going to repay your care and attention by manufacturing honey and wax as well as pollinating your flowers and vegetables. You will possibly not feel that these kind of comparatively basic actions can undoubtedly help to make a positive change to the plight of the bee, but when all of us take action, however modest, collectively it will eventually produce a significant improvement to the plight of the humble bee.
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Bees have suffered a dramatic decline over recent years, but now we can help reverse the trend by keeping bees. For information on how to start this fascination hobby check out http://www.the-honey-bee.com