American commercial beekeepers are at a loss — their hives continue to shrink each year, and they’re not getting any closer to pinpointing a cause or finding a solution.
Before the year 2005, beekeepers used to lose 5-10 percent of their hives during winter. But in 2005, a disease called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) first appeared for which honey bees started to die at an unbelievable rate. In the each following year, more number of bees started to die than the earlier year due to this CCD disease. Due to CCD disease between 2005 and 2011, beekeepers used to lose 33 percent of honey bees. But the scenario went worst in 2012.
In 2012, beekeepers in the U.S. have reported that 40 to 50 percent honey bees have died due to that CCD disease. It is being assumed that new pesticides named Neonicotinoids, which are routinely used on more than 100 million acres of corn, wheat, soy and cotton, and are in some home gardening products, are responsible for occurring this disease as they are implanted directly into plants. The plants absorb the pesticides and transport throughout the plant’s vascular tissue, making the plant potentially toxic to insects.
4 professional beekeepers and 5 environmental and consumer groups said that they have filed lawsuit against the EPA in the Northern District Court of California, demanding that the regulatory agency must suspend the use of pesticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam. the group also said that they’d go to court and request the judge to order the EPA to take action.
Be noted, Bees not only make honey but also responsible for pollinate a total of one-fourth of the food Americans eat. That means if honey bees die at such high rate, price of available foods would go to the peak point.
Source: New York Times