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Should we Bee Worried?

Marie Bordelon

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  • Today’s mass decline of the honeybee population could ultimately lead to the extinction of many plants, animals, and eventually humans.  In the United States alone, 42 percent of bee colonies have collapsed due to the not yet understood phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder.  A possible cause of the disappearance of bees may be a class of insecticide called Neonicotinoids, used widely in farms and urban landscape.  When bees bring back nectar from infected plants to the hive, Neonicotinoids could very well affect the whole colony.  The insecticide has the ability to cause mass confusion and disorientation in bees causing them to abandon their hives.  A lack of genetic variation in commercial bees, long cold winters, and bee mites suppressing the colonies may also be at fault for the decline in the bee population. Bees are responsible for the pollination of seventy percent of fruits, vegetables, and nuts we consume including coffee fruit; say goodbye to your morning buzz.  The produce pollinated by bees nearly translates to two hundred billion dollars in agricultural revenue worldwide.  without bees pollinating out plants the agricultural market would go down causing prices on produce and eventually meats.  The extinction of the human race will not be brought about by a meteor or a pandemic but by our most important pollinators dying out.
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6 Responses to “Should we Bee Worried?”

  1. Kallina Sims on March 31st, 2017 10:15 am

    Newspaper should use the fund to house a bee colony. With enough hard work and determination, we could be responsible for saving the bees. That’s gotta be good for the site, right?

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  2. michelle on March 31st, 2017 10:16 am

    save the bees!!!!!

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    Alexandra Reply:

    I believe if the community gets together, we’ll be able to help save the bees!! (:

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  3. Mattie on March 31st, 2017 10:32 am

    Bees make the world go round

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  4. Zack Roy on April 14th, 2017 9:28 am

    Bees are one of the world’s most essential species. We need to dedicate a whole lot of our funding to protecting their existence.

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  5. Taylor on October 2nd, 2017 12:05 pm

    Bees are very important to me, and I’ve been advocating for a while that we should save them. Bringing light to this issue is very important, way to go!

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