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Storm Berberoglu
English IV Honors
DeBock
March 4th, 2015
Be Aware!
Albert Einstein once said, If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would
have no more than four years to live. Bees play a vital role in our society unfortunately the
population has been dropping drastically since 2006. Some studies say it is a direct correlation
to an increase of a pesticide being used. The decreasing honeybee population in the U.S. is a
direct result of all the chemicals on our plants and imbedded in our seeds, which will affect our
agricultural food supply and cause economic problems if not solved.
Since the late 1990s bee keepers around the world have taken notice to the sudden and
mysterious disappearance in bees. It is no news that bees have been pulling a disappearing act
throughout the years (Declining Bee Population Causes for Alarm). Numbers have crashed so
dramatically that some species are believed to be extinct. An average dropped rate of bees was 510% a year. In 2006 there has been a report in unusually high rates of declines in the bee
population; the numbers have jumped to 30% a year. Now the numbers have elevated to a 4050% decrease (Decreasing Bee Population a Stinging Reality). CCD (colony collapse
disorder) is a common phenomenon in honey bee hives which worker bees from a bee colony
abruptly disappear. No dead bee bodies to be found just empty hives, with honey and a lonely
queen bee. Often cases there are Varroa mites, a parasites that transmit viruses. Varroa mites are

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not the prime suspect in this case (Bee Decline Not Only Due to Insecticides, Says Report). So
what is the cause? This question leaves bee keepers scratching their heads trying to figure out the
answer.
U.S. agriculture study has concluded that not one single factor could be pin pointed to be
at fault for the decline of bees. According to Bob Perciasepe in the article Bee Decline Not
Only Due to Insecticides, Says Report, he states, The decline in honeybee health is a complex
problem causes by a combination of stressors. The main reasons for global bees-decline are
industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens and climate change. Based on current research it is not
clear whether which factor plays a bigger role in the decline than the other. However it is clear
that in some instances honey bee colonies can be severely harmed by exposures of high doses of
insecticides (Bee Decline Not Only Due to Insecticides, Says Reports). Scientists have
discovered over 150 different chemical residues in bee hives, although on a lethal level the
chemicals individually have not been certified to be harmful to bees, but there have been few
studies on how the chemicals may react with each other and the consequences they might have.
The main chemical Neonicotinoids may partly at fault; Neonicotinoids are systemic pesticides
that are embedded into the seeds of the plant rather than sprayed on. Chemicals that have been
sprayed on are able to wash away or decay quickly. Whereas Neonicotinoids can last for
months. The Neons poison the worker bees and a study was released that bees exposed to that
chemical were 2-3 times more likely to die. The increase of the use of Neonicotinoid in 2006
directly correlates with the sharp increase of the decreasing bee population (Bee Decline Not
Only Due to Insecticides, Says Reports).
Point blank, we need bees. Bees are not only essential for our landscape and honey but
for keeping many strains of plant alive and support our agricultural economy. The U.S.

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department agricultural state that the pollination that bees do are responsible for more than $15
billion in crops (Bee Decline Not Only Due to Insecticides, Says Reports). At least one third
of the food an average person eats is a direct or indirect result that bees do. According to the
article Decreasing Bee Population a Stinging Reality, it states Bees pollinate over 90
flowering crops in the U.S. including apples, citrus fruits, soy beans, and asparagusno crop
needs bees more than almonds. When it is pollinating time in California farmers truck in over
1.4 million or 60% of professional bees. Without bees we would lose strains of agriculturally
grown foods and even some plants (Declining Bee Population Causes for Alarm).
The decreasing honeybee population in the U.S. is a direct result of all the chemicals on
our plants and imbedded in our seeds, which will affect our agricultural food supply and cause
economic problems if not solved. The population of bees is falling too quickly and this is not an
animal we can afford to lose. Bees are crucial to our life. Humans would suffer and strains of
food would disappear if something is not done.

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Works Cited
Bee Decline Not Only Due To Insecticides, Says Report Farmers Weekly 159.19 (2013):58.
Small Business Reference article Web. 12 Feb. 2015
Declining Bee Population Causes for Alarm Burlington Post (ON) 04 Sept. 2013. Points of
View Reference Center Web. 12 Feb. 2015.
Decreasing Bee Population a Stinging Reality. Toronto Star (Cananda) 25 Apr. 2014 Points of
View Reference Center. Dean Fosdick The Associated, Press. Web. 12 Feb. 2015