There is overwhelming evidence as to the direct cause of massive bee declines around the globe and it all boils down to pesticides. Scientist all around are joining together to call for a worldwide ban on neonicotinoids, which is a type of pesticide that causes Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) or in other words it destroys the bee colonies.
There have been various reports that show that sublethal exposure to neonicotinoids pesticides can cause bees to lose their way and get lost when out foraging. It has been shown that various conventional crops are sprayed or penetrated with neonicotinoid pesticides which has been shown to contaminate the nectar and pollen that bees collect.
“The data, both ours and others, right now merits a global ban,” said Chensheng Li, author of the Harvard University study that confirmed neonicotinoid pesticides is as a primary cause of CCD. “Our study clearly demonstrated that imidacloprid is responsible for causing CCD, and the survival of the control hives that we set up side-by-side to the pesticide-treated hives augments this conclusion.”
He continues to add that removing neonicotinoids from global use will give scientist plenty of time to document and observe how the bee populations respond and if the bee population does increase then this would be incredibly clear that their assessment is correct.
Crops in England now have to be hand pollinated as a result of this and it has been recorded that the population of bees in managed hives has dropped by half as have solitary bees and basically all wild honey bees have been extinct.
Honey bees do a lot more than just make sweet honey as one third of the American diet depends on honey bee pollination and honey bees provide 80% of pollination for seed, flower crops, fruit and vegetables. They also pollinate the forage crops which are fed to meat and dairy animals and is as much provide over $200 million in honey each year and another 100 million in beeswax used in candles, cosmetics and polish.
If you love ice cream keep in mind that all flavors of ice cream are honey bee dependent as milk cows are fed oats, clover, alfalpha and other feed crops. These crops are entirely dependent on honey bees to pollinate in order to produce seed either at the seed producer level or directly in the field and without honey bee pollination there will be no feed crops for milk production.