Effects on humans, food,and the environment

Honeybees provide more than honey, these creatures pollinate about 1/3 of crops in the U.S. Honeybees pollinate about 100 flowering food crops including apples, nuts, broccoli, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, as well as animal-feed crops, such as the clover that’s fed to dairy cows. In conclusion, all flowering plants need bees to survive.

Even with the disappearance of bees looming over our heads, nature has its own ways to keep crops pollinated. Other insects and birds pollinate fruits and vegetables as well. The problem with other natural pollinators taking the place of bees is that today’s agricultural industry has grown too large for them to keep up.The U.S. agriculture creates a huge demand for pollination. Because honeybees are relatively mobile and can pollinate a generous number of crops, they have been the requirements to meet our crop needs. But honeybees don’t perform this naturally without help. Commercial beekeepers try to keep colonies healthy and move their hives from state to state in semis, selling their pollination services to farmers.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/silence-of-the-bees/impact-of-ccd-on-us-agriculture/37/


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