“The bees are a precious pollinator of fruits and vegetables, the disappearing bees left billions of dollars of crops at risk and threatened our food supply.” Honey bees all around the world started disappearing. No one knew why and so people started to investigate where the honey bees had gone. When owners would go check the hives the honey bees were missing but where did they go? We need the bees in order to continue eating crops, fruits and vegetables so this is devastating that the bees are going missing. Some of the food that we might loose because of the honey bees are strawberries, pumpkins, melons, vegetable crops, fruit trees, apples, tomatoes, peaches, beans, broccoli, almonds, squash and more. Could we really live with lots of our food gone? Elbert Einstein once predicted if there were no bees than man would follow only a few years later. “Bees from one hive can visit a million flowers within a 400 square kilometer area in just one day.” “Bees are responsible for pollinating 90 percent of the world’s commercial plants, from fruits and vegetables to coffee and cotton.” Some scientists are saying that the lack of diversity in the honey bees food and monocropping is causing lack of their nutrients which could be leading to the bees disappearing. It’s really scary to think we might have to live without lots of variety and without lots of healthy food. “Once the honey bees are gone nearly all food items eaten by birds animals and primarily humans will be affected.” If we can’t find a way to help the honey bees humans will not be the only ones affected but also animals and more. Once a lot of our food is gone because there won’t be anymore honey bees to pollinate it then there will be less variety. It won’t be the same and when we go to a grocery store they won’t have as much fruits and vegetables and the prices will also rise because there won’t be as many. So hopefully we can act now and find a way to help.

By: April Manuel

Here are some articles with interesting information about the bees:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/03/bumble-bee-decline_n_803896.html

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/silence-of-the-bees/introduction/38/

http://viewzone2.com/lostbeesx.html

http://www.vermisoks.com/are-bees-the-new-canaries

http://ezinearticles.com/?When-Honey-Bees-Are-Gone&id=3623271

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  1. I recently went to Art Basel Miami, on my I saw several Bee hive boxes on the out skirts of the fields. I went to too many exhibits to recall names but I want to say at the Art Collection of De La Cruz, has an installation that uses gallons of honey. Allowing the viewer to take honey and eat it with the provide jars of yogurt. After viewing this work for several minutes I began to realize that many bees are being killed in the proses. Naturally bees would be attacked by honey. Some people would unknowingly step on bees when they would land on the ground. I’m going to see if I can’t find a link to post at a later date.
    -chris s

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