Disruptions - Upheaval
Bees - a Source of Life
Artwork by Verdun borough of Montréal.
There are over 16,000 known species of bee on Earth. Only 5% of them live in colonies. Honeybees are among these. A single hive may house as many as 80,000 bees!
As Albert Einstein said: “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would have only four years left to live.”
Studies show that colonies of bees are on the decline due to climate change, the decreasing numbers of flowering plant species, the damage caused to insects by pesticides and air pollution as well as other factors. But we can remedy this situation by recreating biodiversity.
How do we get bees back to our fields? One way, in particular, is for agricultural producers to restore the habitats of pollinators and their environment. Another way is through crop diversification, in order to fight harmful insects. Gardens and natural parks should also remain pesticide-free, so as to provide bees with a variety and quantity of flowering plants—inestimable sources of pollen and nectar.
Since the early 2000s, beekeepers throughout the world have been faced with a quandary: colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon whereby worker bees abandon their hive in large numbers, never to return. The root of this problem remains unknown. Hypotheses to explain it include the presence of the parasitic varroa mite, a virus or the Nosema apis microfungus.
Save the bees! Let’s give our children the environment they are entitled to have. Photo: © ProvinceQuebec.com
Only 5% of bees live in colonies and honeybees are among these. Photo: © ProvinceQuebec.com