Over the past couple of weeks I’ve seen many dead bees on London pavements. I’m no bee expert, nor will I pretend to be, this could be due to summer ending, however, it got me thinking about an issue that seems to be a hot centre of debate at the moment:
Are the bees dying out?
From reading around on the web I came across the Colony Collapse Disorder syndrome, this is where the worker bees unexpectedly abandon their hive leaving behind their Queen B with only a few workers. The hive is then unsustainable and the most unsettling fact is that scientists are unsure as to why this is happening.
There seems to be an uproar about pesticides, but industry experts like this chap, Randy Oliver, have completed interesting research into this theory, and has found out that perhaps this isn’t the cause of these deaths.
Either way, many experts believe there is an issue. Whilst there are comments stating that beekeepers have largely been able to rebuild colonies, Julie Bowsher- Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, NDSU, has estimated that beekeepers are still losing 30% of their colonies per year.
So what happens next? Well, Wholefoods put together a great image showing us the day to day impact of losing these guys:
If they are on the way out, we need to find out why and fast. They support a huge part of the ecosystem and until now I had no idea how important they were to maintain nature’s balance.
Whether it’s hype or the honest truth, it doesn’t seem worth taking the risk to find out. If you want to find out more about how you can help in the UK, this is a great website to check out, Help Save Bees.