Lee S. Rosen – Honey Bees Population
Honey bees are indirectly responsible for approximately 1/3 of the food produced in the world and support billions of dollars in agriculture. However, the recent major decline in the health of honey bees is hurting pollination-assisted crops and threatening our way of life.
Lee Rosen on the main factors contributing to the decline on honey bee health are:
1- Pests and diseases.
Bees are exposed to a great variety of pests such as Varroa destructor, Nosema ceranae, and viruses that are overwhelming their immunity aptitudes.
2- Lack of forage and appropriate nutrition.
Increased monocultures and effects of climate change are reshaping nature as we know it, leaving a poor variety of nutrient for honey bees to consume and thrive.
The indiscriminate use of pesticides is killing bees around the world.
4- Beekeeping practices.
Current beekeeping practices are leading to a less diversified genetics of honey bees, making the honey bees weak and leaving them more susceptible to environmental changes.