Honey Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)
Honey Bees are a natural – and inseparable – part of the agricultural sector of the economy and, subsequently, our everyday sustenance. Honeybees are the most effective commercial pollinators in almost any agricultural industry, and in that role they represent an annual monetary value of $15 billion. If the commercial honeybee were to suddenly disappear, we, as an agriculturally driven species, would lose our primary pollinator for over 150 different fruits and vegetables – more than 80 percent of all crop pollination.
To lose the honeybee would be devastation to not only the whole agriculture industry, but also to our very survival as a species. And yet, since the 1970s, the number of commercial honeybee colonies has dropped from more than 4 million to less than 2.5 million, and has only started to accelerate in recent years.
Commercial honeybees are versatile, in that they can be moved from crop to crop, pollinating specific crops wherever they are brought even though they are able to feed on the nectar of many plants. Their “flower fidelity,” or their tendency to focus on a specific flower, makes them the most efficient pollinators available. But it’s not the actions of the honeybees that give BeesAndThankYou worry.
We believe that it is the actions of humans – toxins from pesticides, perennial migrations, stress from general human activity – that have resulted in what scientists have recently labeled Colony Collapse Disorder – the sudden, and inexplicable, disappearance of honey bees from the commercial industry, in numbers greater than we have ever seen.
That is why BeesAndThankYou is dedicated to reversing this economically devastating trend. We intend to raise money through our initiatives to establish organic bee sanctuaries – places that the bees have unlimited access to pesticide free pollen, and where their colonies can expand free of perennial migrations. We intend to also use the funding from our initiatives to further research and development into the causes and solutions of Colony Collapse Disorder, so that we may create a better world for the honeybee and for us.