Honey bees play a vital role in the cultivation of several crops in California. Most notably, California’s almond industry depends upon bees for the pollination of the trees. According to the USDA, about eighty percent of the world’s almonds are produced in California. With California exporting over a billion dollars worth of almonds every year, honey bees have a larger part in the Californian economy than most people are aware of.
Honeybees carry pollen from one tree to the next, and without them, almond farmers are suffering. Over the past several years, there has been a steady decline in the availability of bees. Experts attribute this decline to an array of causes, such as mites, pathogens, and loss of their foraging grounds. The population decline is causing difficulties for farmers who wish to pollinate their crops safely.
The causes of the decline in honey bees are numerous and varying in nature, and our solutions must also be. The easiest way for the average person to help the situation is to prevent the extermination of bees as they can. Many removal companies utilize chemicals that harm or kill the bees. These bees are exterminated and disposed of.
Companies that do organic, humane bee removal do not harm the bees nor kill them. These businesses offer an extraction method that has been proven to be more helpful in the long run, as well as save valuable honey bees. The extracted bees are taken to a local bee farm where a beekeeper cares for them until a farmer needs them. Honey bee deaths are unnecessary and preventable. With the low supply, extracting bees in a humane, organic fashion does make a difference.
Many experts are very afraid of the bee decline, known as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. The notable scientist Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination… no more men!” When he said this over fifty years ago, many people quickly dismissed it. However, it is now generally accepted that without the bees, mankind would have a difficult time living. Many experts today agree with Einstein’s prediction, or believe that mankind would not be able to survive. With most people scared of bees, or unable to see their true value, it is becoming important to spread the word before it is too late.