Honeybee shortage affecting food supply
POSTED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 10:58pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:25pm
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — Some are calling it "Beemageddon," he drastic decline of honeybees. And, as much as some of us may not like the buzzing bees, they are more help than harm. We are on the verge of a major food disaster.
And it's all because of what some are calling: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), or the death of the honey bee.
East Texas beekeeper, Dick Counts explains the importance of these buzzing insects. Counts says a world without honeybee's would mean a world without most of the food we eat. He says, "Apple and oranges would be out of sight, you wouldn't be able to afford them. Almonds wouldn't exist."
The bee economy is worth $30 Billion dollars, but since 2006, the U.S. department of agriculture reports that the death toll of honey bees has climbed to 30% annually.
Currently the U.S. is down to about 2.5 million honey bee colonies. There were 6 million in 1947 and 3 million in 1990's Counts says, "Over 120 different crops require bee pollination to produce what needs to be produced."
CCD has wiped out some 10 million bee hives in the last 6 years; and counting.
Counts says, it's our own fault. "You and I are killing our honeybees, you and I by spraying any type of pesticides or insecticides."
Because of this Counts hold classes to teach the younger generations how to bee-keep and the importance of honeybees.
Martha Jeske is the East Texas bee keepers association's "Honey Princess," she says she's learned that bees produce so much more than honey, "They're extremely important in pollinating local crops."
And without nature's irreplaceable creature, we wouldn't have much of anything.
Jeske says, "The more you read and the more you learn, it makes it so much more fascinating to open up a bee hive and actually see the living creatures working."