If you haven’t been tracking the news, be prepared to get a little worried. The bee colonies that so many of North America’s food crops depend on are in a really, really bad spot. The one statistic that they’re all citing: that the bee populations are so low right now, even this year it would take 60% of all the remaining bees in the United States just to pollinate California’s almond crop. And as we well know, there’s a lot more out there to pollinate than almonds.
While bees have been “gradually” disappearing at the already alarming rate of about 30% a year, suddenly the numbers of deaths jumped to 42-55%.
Apples, avocados, almonds, and plums are all in trouble this year already. The experts say, we’re potentially just one bad year away from beemageddon.
There’s a lot of worry in Europe, and there there is a large push to ban neonicotinoid-containing pesticides to try to stave off the death. But here, the EPA is dragging their feet, saying that they’re working on a study that will be completed “In five year’s time”
Let’s just hope it’s not five years too late.