Thursday, February 9, 2012 – Today I was at an orientation meeting and sustainability was one of the topics. I work for a university that takes sustainability very seriously. Somehow during this topic honeybees came up and I learned something new. Did you know that honeybees are vanishing?
Ever since I started drinking tea the only sweetener I use is honey. So this had me curious and interested in learning more about this phenomenon. One of the guys had mentioned that he had seen a great documentary about this called “Vanishing of the bees”.
This phenomenon is known as colony collapse disorder and the cause of it is unknown, although there are many speculations. What is worrisome is that these bees are responsible of pollinating crops that make up a third of the food found on our plates. One theory is that the bees are infected by a virus and a fungus. Once the bee is infected their memory and navigational skills become compromised. The sick bees fly away, get lost and die of malnutrition because they can’t find their way back to the hives. Others have blamed cellphone signals…
Here is an interesting quote I found:
If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.
Hopefully scientists will be able to figure out why honeybees are mysteriously disappearing.