Why Honey Bees are Going Extinct and How We Can Stop it Now!
Albert Einstein was quoted as saying “If bees were to disappear, man would only have a few years to live.” Though it isn’t entirely obvious, it is true that if honey bees were to disappear, humans would have no way to pollinate plants. If we were unable to pollinate plants, we would be unable to grow them, which of course, would lead to worldwide famine and eventually human extinction as well. The good news is there are things we can do to stop honey bee extinction before it becomes devastating.
Why are Honey Bees Going Extinct?
No one knows the exact reason honey bees are going extinct. Biologists have several theories and the real reason is likely a combination of several of these theories. One such theory is based on the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides that are being ingested by honey bees as they collect pollen from plants and flowers.
Another popular theory as to why honey bee populations have plummeted is due to global warming. Though the warming of the earth is not affecting the bees themselves, it is causing increased populations of mites, viruses and fungi, which are in turn, killing off the bees.
The third popular theory on possible bee extinction is due to vulnerability to electromagnetic radiation. Electromagnetic radiation is specifically caused by cell phones and wireless communication towers.
How Can I Help the Bees?
There are several things we, as individuals, can do to help bees survive. If you are interested, starting your own hive and becoming a beekeeper is an extremely helpful way to save honey bees. If you are not able or willing to take that big of a step, doing small things can also help stop the extinction of honey bees.
- Stop using chemical pesticides – Eliminating chemical pesticides from your yard and garden will cut down on the amount of poison the bees in your area are ingesting. Use natural ways to rid your garden of pests.
- Set up a bird bath - Having a bird bath in your yard will attract bees, as even bees need a place to drink! The bees that come into your yard will not only help your own garden and plants, but give them a safe place to congregate free of harmful substances.
- Have a garden with variety – Having a garden with many plants, or at least a few wild flowers, will give bees all the nutrients they need. Like people, bees need a variety of nutrients and those bees that get these nutrients are the strongest and healthiest bees.
- Plant wild flowers – If there are wild areas in your neighborhood, or you have extra overgrown areas, plant some wild flowers. Wild flower seeds are very inexpensive and the more healthy flowers bees have to choose from, the better off they will be.
Though it is possible that honey bees can become extinct, it is imperative that we stop the process of honey bee extinction now, before the devastating results are able to set in. As you can see, taking small steps in your own yard or neighborhood can bring safety and results in the race to save bees. Since we share this Earth with other creatures, it is only fair that we offer a helping hand when possible. It could, indeed, save human-kind as well.