Sunday, December 7, 2014

What about the bees?

Author: Woo-Lim Ko

If there's anything that we know about bee's, it's that they can be pretty frightening little creatures. Anytime one happens to linger into your car or your home, the first instinct might be to kill it. I know that if it were my choice, I'd definitely be okay without having anymore bee's around to potentially hurt me, but after learning about bee's and how important they are to our environment- I have a different outlook on them.

How important are bee's exactly? If we didn't have bee's, this is what it would look like

(Photo credit io9)

Bee's are extremely important to our lives, because we need them in order to produce the fruits and vegetables that we consume. Honeybee's migrate to different regions of the country to pollinate an estimated $40 billion worth of the nation's agricultural produce each year (Globalresearch). This means that more than 130 fruits and vegetables that make up a nutritious diet are cross pollinated by honeybees. The problem is that since bee's can be rather problematic in the daily lives of citizens, we try to get rid of them without thinking of the consequences. According to global research, a study last year found 35 pesticides and funicides in the pollen collected from bees that were used to pollinate food crops in five U.S states. These bees that were in contact with pollen contaminated with fungicides ended up three times more likely to get infected by a parasite closely associated to Colony Collapse Disorder. This is causing bees to die quickly and there are concerns with bee extinction.

It can be a rather tricky problem, like when there are too many bee's flying around your backyard or causing problems for your home, our initial reaction is to just get rid of them. However, we have to think about the importance of bees and how getting rid of them can be dire for our environment. 

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