While climate change is definitely responsible for at least some strife in the ‘getting food’ department, there are other factors contributing as well. Disease and animal die-offs are definitely a huge cause, and when they animals that are dying off are responsible for more than one single source of food, things are looking even worse.
Of course, as many scientists and even concerned environmentalists are known to say these days, bees and other pollinators are dying off at a very concerning rate. While different and multiple things are responsible for the deaths of so many of the world’s pollinators, most of these causes are caused by mankind.
Sure, disease in and of itself is definitely not caused by the intervention of man. But according to a study from a few months back, beekeepers are definitely responsible for the spread of at least some diseases. The Deformed Wing Virus and the varroa destructor mite, which together are responsible for killing a huge percentage of the world’s honeybees, have spread so far and wide starting with Europe because of the poor conditions in which the bees were being kept.
Other factors, like pesticides, global warming, and the introduction of invasive species are also definitely the fault of mankind, which will definitely suffer from more than a single point of view if the world’s pollinators were to die off. This is because a huge number of the foods we eat need to be pollinated in order to come out. We risk ‘Interstellar’ level food shortages if nothing is done to save the world’s pollinators.
Washington stepping up
In an attempt to contribute to the preservation and use of helpful bees, Washington is to host 30,000 European honeybees, and in the state Capitol, no less. The goal is to raise awareness about the decline of worldwide bee populations, but also to boost pollination on the Capitol campus and at the governor’s mansion.
The hives will be set up on the 20th of April by the Olympia Beekeepers Association. Initially consisting of two large boxes in which the queen bee will lay her eggs, the hive will have smaller boxed added to it come spring in order to raise the numbers and to store the excess honey. And the entire hive will be placed on the front lawn of the governor’s mansion.
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