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Disappearing Honey Bees Essay

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Beekeepers in the U.S. and Europe have been noticing that their bees are disappearing. When the bees go to pollinate, as usual, they do not return and are never seen again. This is very bad because of how important the bees are to our environment, they pollinate our plants. Some may say that this lacks significant importance but, without bees to pollinate, plants can not produce fruits, nuts or vegetables. Many things have been said to have caused this decline in bee population, such as, C.C.D., G.M.O., Radiation, Global Climate changes, Pesticides, and Invasive species. This is what I have found on the topic.
Some researchers have said that pesticides and parasites have been to blame for the bees disappearing. Dr. Richard Gill and his team performed a study on this theory, the results were "nothing short of shocking". At the University of London, they found that two pesticides were to blame, after testing hundreds, Neonicotoid and Pyrethroid seem to be killing ...view middle of the document...

The problem with these species is that they have been said to be a factor in C.C.D., or Colony Collapse Disorder. Basically, C.C.D. takes place when bees are invaded by these parasites, all naturally existing in the world, when they are unintentionally brought to North America and Europe. The most bee deaths caused by parasites occurred in the winters of '95-'96 and '00-'01. Even when bee deaths weren't as extreme, they have been significantly greater than they were before '84.
A lot of people, researchers, keepers and regular people, think that radiation has a factor in bees disappearing. Atmospheric Electromagnetic Radiation caused by cell phone towers and wireless communication towers has been said to interfere with the bees' navigation systems. A study at the Landau university in Germany showed that bees will not return to the hive if there is a cellphone nearby. Some scientists say that global climate change may also have something to do the disappearance of bees. Climate changes maybe exaggerating the growth rates of pathogens, such as the mites, viruses and fungi that have been invading and attacking the bees. Constantly changing weather has also been shown to harm bees population.
In conclusion, the bees disappearing may have many different causes, as for what we should do about it, lessen the bees contact with the leading death factors. If farmers were to stop spraying flowers with Neonictoid or Pyrethroid, the bees wouldn't have a pesticide problem. If we limited the amount of Cellular towers in the world, or at least near the bee farms, we wouldn't have a problem with the Radiation. If we check all imported shipments for foreign animals, such as the bugs, we could stop the invasion of the foreign insects and lessen their impact on our environments. We should all stop to think before killing bees, too, We need to consider how vital they are to our environment and think about the major loss we would suffer without them. A world without natural fruits, flowers, nuts, and vegetables, is one without bees.

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