As human beings we pay much attention to the economy and social issues, as if we were the center of the universe. In fact, our survival depends on the balance and coexistence of all species. For example, if insects disappeared from the face of earth, the food chain could break and collapse, causing all mammals, including us, to starve to death.
I’m currently researching honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder. This research brought me to conclude that honeybees are vital for the survival of the ecosystem and the entire planet. Therefore, we should bring more attention to the ongoing matter.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is nowadays, a big problem around the world. CCD is a situation that beekeepers are facing, were the bees suddenly vanish from their hives, with no bodies to be found, and the reason for their disappearance is still unknown. There are many theories as to why honeybees are vanishing including disease, pesticides, poor nutrition, destruction of habitat, and climate change. Moreover, a recent theory states that it could in fact be all of these situations together that are contributing to the phenomena of CCD. If this last theory is correct, then it will be harder to control it and will more likely cause a worse effect.
As the corporate world grows and increasingly invades the farms, honeybees are disappearing rapidly. This problem has become more noticeable since 2006, when beekeepers, scientists and environmentalist worried about CCD denounced the danger of losing the honeybees. There is no media coverage about what CCD is, and how it affects us, or how you can make a change, and help prevent it. I also believe there is not enough public interest on this topic. People do not seem to care, or really understand why the loss of honeybees is so important; thus we need to spread the word for others to understand the situation as a whole.
Some associations of beekeepers are trying to create awareness, there are also a couple of documentaries that recently came out about the topic, but this is not enough. We need to educate ourselves, our friends, and our families. We need to do what we can to tackle the risk factors: protest against pesticides that poison bees as well as every organism in our planet, buy organic food (produced with no pesticides), and stay away from genetically modified food.