The Importance of Honey Bees

May 23, 2017

 

 

In was reading an article called "The Plight of the Honey Bee" by Bryan Walsh. It explained the major impact that bee pollination had on food availability and how devastating their disappearance is and will be. More than 33% of the honey bee colonies have died or disappeared during the winter of 2016. Many believe that is due to the parasitic mite: Varroa.

 

Neonicotinoids which are found in pesticides (plant seeds are soaked in this chemical and stay in the plant as it grows) harm honeybees by attacking their nervous system, which can be another explanation for the disappearance of the Honeybee colonies.

 

According TIME Magazine, "The European Union previously banned neonicotinoids and are under review by the EPA".

 

New research has discovered that male honey bees exposed to neonicotinoids have almost 40% less live sperm than the other honeybees who haven't been exposed.

 

The following Is a list foods and the percentage that it relies on bee pollination: 

 

Almonds - 100%

Apples - 90%

Asparagus - 90%

Avocado - 90%

Broccoli - 90%

Blueberry - 90%

Onion - 90%

Cherry - 80%

Cucumber - 80%

Celery - 80%

Plum/Prune - 65%

Watermelon - 65%

Tangerine - 45%

Lemon - 20% 

Cotton - 20%

Peanut - 2 %

Grape - 1%

 

"A Whole Foods in Rhode Island, as a part of a campaign to highlight the importance of honeybees, temporarily removed from its produce section all the hway food that depends on pollinators. Of 453 items, 237 vanished, including apples, lemons, zucchini and other squashes." 

 

 

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