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Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for one in every three bites of food that you shove down your throat. Honey bees are among some of the most important organisms in the world. They pollinate a vast proportion of the plants in the world, and without them we would have many less fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Honey bees, both wild and domestic, perform about 80% of pollination worldwide. Nearly 90% of the human race’s nutrition is produced after pollination of some sort along with a majority of the main crops that are produced by humans. You would think that we would be very mindful of these flying animals and treat them with the utmost care, right? Actually, that presumption would be miles and miles from the truth.

First, you might wonder what it is that bees do that are actually helpful to the human race. One of the things that bees do in order to bring food back to the hive is called pollination. During pollination a bee collects nectar and pollen from a plant. When a bee visits an initial plant, pollen from the stamen, the male reproductive part of a plant, may be rubbed onto the leg or other body part of the bee. When the bee visits the next plant that it will pollinate, some of the pollen is rubbed on the tip of the pistil, the female reproductive organ of the plant. This allows fertilization to happen which produces the fruit, carrying seeds, of the plant. Without this function that the bees perform, a vast majority of these important plants would not be able to reproduce and further become extinct.

Now you might be wondering what the issue is with the bees; why am I writing an article about saving them? Well, a variety of things, mostly man-made, are killing the bees and destroying their habitat. Pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and many other factors are getting rid of a large number of bees at an astounding rate. The two causes that are the most devastating to the bee population-pesticides and habitat loss-are caused by you and me. In the United States a typical beehive will lose 5-10 percent of their population in the winter months, but recent studies have shown that bees have been losing 30-50 percent of their population lately on a common basis. Over just 70 years, the number of hives in the United States has declined from 6 million to around 2.4 million which is a 60% reduction in the total number of bees.

Many different pesticides and chemical substances that are used for farming have been found in the pollen of bees which often proves to be deadly for the organism. The chemical companies that send out loads upon loads of these chemicals that kill the bees simply shrug their shoulders and ignore when people bring up the massacre that they are conducting. In the end, personal profit normally trumps the environment in the minds of many people in the world. They seem never to think about the future world that they will leave their children or even the future world where their children will cease to exist.

Serious steps must be made in order to save the bees in a timely manner. A first and simple step would be to ban some of the most dangerous pesticides. This seems to be common sense, but nothing is ever common sense when heaps of money is involved. This would lessen the toll on the bees and more easily allow them to survive. Other possible solutions would be preserving natural habitats that bees occupy rather than continuing to destroy the land that they call home in favor of modern advancements. Giving them back their homes would allow them to continue to survive and prosper.

I’d like to ask my reader to do one thing next time you take a bite of your cereal or anything else with sugar in it. Make sure to take a second and thank the bees.

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  1. Dixon Collins on December 7th, 2017 10:16 pm

    I have never realized how much honey bees impact our lives. I found it interesting that honey bees have so much to do with the food we eat today, Great article!

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