You may have heard that honeybees in this country are dying off. You may know that scientists have called this epidemic “CCD,” or colony collapse disorder, where honeybees seem to lose the ability to find the hive again, and disappear forever. Scientists think CCD may be caused by a virus, or a combination of other factors, such as the presence of pesticides or the poor nutrition and high antibiotic use of commercial bee populations. There are other theories too.
Nature on PBS reports that, if the rate of collapse continues, all honeybee populations in the US will die out by 2035.
But did you know there is an area in China where this has already happened? And pollination has to happen by hand?
It’s true – watch online in this episode of Nature of how farmers have to hand-pollinate pear blossoms.
I really feel that CCD is the beginning of the climate change apocalypse. There are a few small things we can do as individuals, including supporting local organic agriculture. But really, the magnitude of this problem is terrifying. I think about it like the dolphins leaving the Earth before it is demolished to make way for a hyperspatial bypass.
Sorry to be such a downer. But I really do find it terrifying.