“DOOMSDAY WITHOUT HONEY”

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This may sound creepy to you but this isn’t about honeymoon packages.

You all have heard few facts about Honey bees, like:

  1. Honey bees produces honey
  2. Honey bees live in the colonies called “Hives”
  3. Honey bees play a vital role in the pollination process
  4. Honey bees are dangerous

I know these facts are not surprising but the point to ponder about is the depletion rate of the Honey Bees and their hives.

A study in US, over 5000 bee house keepers gave shocking waves to the analysts when they found that almost 30% of the total bees died in the span of April,2016-March,2017. And this isn’t bad. Its good because earlier it was 50%.

The main reasons behind this rapid depletion are Mites from Asia, Pesticides and poor bee nutrition.

Varroa mite are similar to pests. It attacks bee hives and make bees their regular host, which results in the decline of the population of the hive. Mites spreads the virus which makes them more dangerous to the hives.

Pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides are also giving the hard time to the bees. According to a bee keepers,”Bees dont die instantly by coming in the contact with the chemical. They are strong organisms and do survive for long. Almost 30% bees get affected on an average due to chemicals.”

Bee nutrition is the thing that is killing bees more vigorously by degrading health.

Honey bees collect pollen and nectar for the entire colony, which is converted to honey and to feed bee larvae. When there are less natural sources, it becomes tougher to find proper food and the colonies as a whole become less healthy. Not helping matters: A lot of land that used to be natural meadow are now heavily controlled and chemical-covered farm fields.

bee colony loss by state, 2016

The concern is rising about Honey Bee as they have a crucial role in pollination.

What is pollination?

Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma.

How bees help in pollination?

When a bee collects nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant, some pollen from the stamens—the male reproductive organ of the flower—sticks to the hairs of her body. When she visits the next flower, some of this pollen is rubbed off onto the stigma, or tip of the pistil—the female reproductive organ of the flower. When this happens, fertilization is possible, and a fruit, carrying seeds, can develop.

How much of our food is pollinated by honeybees?
Pollinators transfer pollen and seeds from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce food. Cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world’s crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive.2 Without bees to spread seeds, many plants—including food crops—would die off.
https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/bees.pdf
So just imagine a situation over a span of 20 years where bees might die due to certain reasons and so our food will.
The point doesn’t sound fascinating because it doesn’t include words like global warming, deforestation, tsunami or earthquakes, but in genuine terms are world is dying and it has begun in manners that aren’t visible to our eyes.
We are expecting a doomsday in some other ways but we are just ignoring the small impacts occurring to our daily lives.
The only way to save ourselves is plantation of flowers and plants that contains nectar for the honey bees. Our one flowering plant per head may bring almost 700crores new plants to our world. This could be our game changer.
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