Over the last decade, honey bee numbers have been declining at alarming rates. A condition called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), where an entire colony dies off over a very short time period, has gone out of control all over the world.
Scientists have only recently been able to piece together the causes of CCD. A combination of natural parasites and diseases, and pesticides called neonicotinoids seems to be at the root of the problem.
Honey Bees Go Extinct: The Effects
This is a crucial issue for our time. Bees are the primary pollinators for plant, particularly those grown for food. If honey bees go extinct, we could see massive world-wide food shortages. It's been said that if the honey bees go extinct, humanity will only be able to survive another four years. This is not a theory we want to test.
So check out this video to learn more about CCD and the declining bee population. Let us know in the comments if there's anything you're doing to help save the bees.
The role of honey bees surpasses every human ingenuity. Bees pollinate on approximately one-sixth of the flowering plant varieties plus some 400 more of the agricultural plants in the world. Aside from honey, royal jelly and pollen, imagine living in a world when honeybees go extinct; there would be no onions, tomatoes, carrots, beans as well as a large number of other vegetables, fruits and oilseeds, which are all dependent on honey bees for pollination.
The honey bee venom is commonly used to make medicine to treat a lot of illnesses. Bee venom is given as a shot for multiple sclerosis, arthritis, swollen tendons, enthesitis, fibromyositis and nerve pain.
What are the benefits of honey bees to the human diet?
According to the experts, these hard workers pollinate about 80 percent of the flowering crops, and that amount to one-third of almost everything we eat. Losing these bees could not only affect our staple foods like cucumbers, nuts, apples, strawberries, broccoli, asparagus and blueberries, but might also jeopardize the beef and dairy sectors.
To put simply, when honey bees go extinct, they could take the vast majority of the insect pollinated vegetation along with them. This could potentially reduce the human race to nothing more than a diet consisting of just water.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 14, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.