Bee colonies continue to decline
April 21, 2008
Honeybee population declines
continue to trouble the U.S. agricultural industry. America's honeybees are responsible for
pollinating more than 100 different crops worth $15 billion annually and continue to experience
population decreases as evidenced by a study commissioned by Apiary Inspectors of America, (AIA).
(An apiary is a bee yard or collection of hives.) An AIA commissioned survey of U.S. beekeeper's
estimates colony losses across the country between September 2007 and 2008 were 36.3 percent which
equates to 14 percent more total losses compared to last year (note: roughly 13% of the country's
2.4 million colonies was surveyed). Nearly 70% of losses are attributed to non-CCD causes, such as
lack of food.
the Honey Bees program is donating $250,00 for a study of the problem by
Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Davis, by donating a portion of
sales of its honey bee dependent flavors.
Home owners and gardeners are encouraged to do their part by planting
pollen and nectar producing plants. The ubiquitous green lawn is a food-free wasteland for honey
bees, so by planting honey bee-friendly flowering plants people can help nourish and sustain bee
populations. Haagen-Dazs is also working with community groups to distribute 1 million bee-friendly
flowering seeds and provide educational info on the issue.
Examines the decline of the
honeybee population in the world and information to help people do their part in helping honeybees
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