Why should we worry about the declining numbers of bees? Honeybees are often dismissed as simple nuisances or even threats, similar to mosquitoes. However, their true function in the ecosystem is far from insignificant. Bees are actually critical pollinators responsible for 70 of some 100 types of crops that feed 90 percent of the world’s population. This is why reports of the continuing decline in their numbers is sending off alarms to agriculturists worldwide. If bees are gone so is our food.
In a study published on the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists discovered that there are two key reasons for bee mortality: pesticide exposure and poor nutrition. This deadly combination increases bee deaths by as much as 50 percent.
“Chemicals in common agricultural pesticides, such as thiamethoxam and clothianidin, are a one-two punch to bee health,” notes Lee S. Rosen, chairman and chief executive of Miami-based Healthy Bees LLC. “These cause a drop in blood sugar levels on bees and other pollinators, causing them to lose energy to fuel their flights and, eventually, die out,” Lee Rosen adds.
It’s not just the bees, as the study suggests. Continuing pesticide exposure can also harm other animals and, thus, cause further imbalance in the ecosystem.
“It’s time we rethink the way we care for our crops in consideration of the health of important pollinators,” added Lee S. Rosen.
Healthy Bees is the producer of BeesVita Plus, a bee-targeted food supplement that strengthens natural defenses and protects them against, illness, bad nutrition and pesticides. It also claims to hold the solution for colony collapse disorder, or the sudden decline in bee numbers. Lee S. Rosen and his team hopes that will the increased public awareness on the importance of bees to the way we live, people pay attention to efforts for their preservation. After all, how are to live if the bees go away?