During a year’s time, from April 2015 to April 2016, beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies, according to Bee Informed. These losses lead to a great concern about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD is when a large mass of a colonies worker bees withdraws, leaving only the queen, a few nurse bees and food for those remaining.
Bees are an important part of our agricultural system; without them our crops cannot get the pollination that they need. There are other insects that help to pollinate, but without a substantial amount of bees we would see farmers struggling to produce the necessary quantity of crops that we need to survive. From there it is basic economics, with a high demand and a lack of product, we will see prices sky rocket in the agriculture industry, causing prices for the consumers to also increase significantly. As consumers it is vital that we stay informed on CCD. Visit the USDA’s page or do research of your own to find how you can help prevent the decline in bees in the United States.