Bee Population Falling

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Monday, April 23 2007 Apr 23, 2007 Monday, April 23, 2007 5:18:56 PM CDT April 23, 2007 in News

Experts say they think the disorder is a problem in at least 22 states and in areas in Canada and Europe.

Bee pollination plays a major role in the growth process of some important crops.

"The honey bees, they pollinate anywhere from a third to two thirds of our food that we eat," beekeeper Art Gelder said. "Without the food, prices are going to go up, you know, and it's going to get expensive."

Art and his wife, Vera, depend on the products from their bee colonies for a large part of their income. They sell honey, make honey ice cream and wax candles. If CCD ever hit their bee farm, they would be in trouble.

Honey bee pollination affects more than just people.

"There's also our, beef, cattle and all of that, too," Vera, said. "They eat that alfalfa and clover- all of that has to be pollinated. So there's a lot of indirect part of pollination that's important too."

If it spreads, CCD could be disastrous for agriculture.

"Albert Einstein had once said that if the honey bees disappeared, man will have four about years left," Art said.

Experts say insecticides, fungicides or pesticides may be to blame for the disappearance of the honey bees. Some bee keepers have lost as much as 50 percent of their honey bee population. They're asking that congress spend more money for research to figure out what's going on.

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