Decline in the bee population


Bees and most pollinators are declining largely in numerous parts of the world due to intensive farming practices, mono-cropping, excessive use of agricultural chemicals, humid temperatures caused by climate change, nutrition lack, deforestation, pollution etc. In recent years declining bee populations have led to decreased floral reproduction, lower fruit yields, and less biodiversity causing rapid impacts at the lowest levels of the food chain, which spreads around countless other species. Pollination is where insects spread pollen plant to plant, fertilizing the plants so they can produce fruit, vegetables, seeds etc. If all bees went extinct, it would destroy the delicate balance of the earth’s ecosystem and there would be a massive shortage of global food supplies. In the winter, a beehive or colony will decline by 5-10 percent because of freezing weather, winter losses have reached 30-50 percent in some cases more. A decline in the bee population will affect us because without the bees there will be a decline in the food production industry. A survey by the Canadian association of professional apiculturists found that Ontario has had the highest rate of winter honeybee deaths in the country at 38 per cent. An average of 16.4 per cent of bees died last winter. We can help the bee decline by planting flowers that are rich in pollen and nectar, planting gardens that give bees and other pollinators a safe place to pollinate, putting an end to using chemicals on your plants because they are very deadly to bees and support your local beekeepers.