SCIENCE

The Plight of Our Honey Bees

Honeybees are crucial for our survival as a species. But do you know why the life of one honeybee is so important to you or your family?

Christina M. Ward
5 min readAug 9, 2019

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Image by Michael Siebert from Pixabay

In January of 2018, two boys were charged with killing a half million honeybees when they destroyed a beekeeper’s hive boxes. I highly doubt these mischievous boys had any inclination to the environmental impact of their terrible choices. Fifty hives were destroyed in a Christmas break act of vandalism and the bees were left to freeze in the elements. Their carcasses littered the snow.

With all the challenges we are facing with declining populations of bees, we certainly don’t need senseless acts like this adding to the growing death toll. Scientists have been warning for years about the decline of bee populations due to many factors including:

  • Industrial agriculture practices
  • Pesticides — especially widespread agricultural use of
  • Habitat loss — less forage and shelter for bees
  • Loss of flowers/food — land clearing and climate change-induced flower deficits affect the bees’ abilities to locate enough food to support the same population size
  • Disease/parasites

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Christina M. Ward

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