Across the globe, there is a humming that has started to slowly grow silent. Bees - and the benefits they bring our at-risk world - are vanishing.
Honey bees - those often unwelcomed guests at backyards and picnics - are disappearing at an alarming rate. At first, this may seem like the end of an unwanted nuisance.
However, the truth is - these tiny insects are vital to the planet's survival. As part of the effort to help reduce the impact of honey bee disappearance, Project Honey Bees is making it possible for YOU to be part of the solution!
Read on to learn more about honey bee collapse and how Project Honey Bees is leading the effort to save the world.
The Importance of Honey Bees for Our World
Honey bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of the world's food supply. The U.S. Department of Agriculture even estimated that honeybees contribute to 80 percent of all fruit and vegetable crops in North America and beyond.
The Problem With the Honeybees Decline
Honeybees are typically transported around the country to pollinate different crops. They are placed in hives that allow farmers to transfer them from farm to farm for this purpose. Unfortunately, it was discovered that honeybee colonies were being wiped out in a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder.
What is Colony Collapse Disorder?
Colony collapse disorder (CCD) occurs when entire colonies of honeybees die for an unknown reason. This has been happening for over a decade, and scientists still have yet to discover the cause. Researchers from around the globe have studied this issue extensively to try and find the exact cause.
Irradiation and Pesticides as Possible Causes of Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder
The two top possible causes of CCD are irradiation and pesticides.
Irradiation refers to long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation through artificial devices like cell phones and energy-efficient bulbs. This is a highly debated topic as some claim it is a factor, while others claim there is insufficient evidence.
Pesticides are the most widely accepted as a factor in honeybee colony collapse disorder.
Insecticides and herbicides used to control pests destroy the natural habitats of bees. These pesticides have been linked with neurological damage and reduced immunity which may be responsible for bee deaths.
The Risks of Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
As the number of bees dwindles, our world's food supply is at risk. Plants and trees could die off in unimaginable numbers due to a lack of pollination without bees spreading pollen.
Crops like almonds, apples, and blueberries would struggle to survive in such an event. This could cause prices for these and other essential fruits and vegetables to soar.
How Project Honey Bees is Helping Save the World
To fight back against the risks of colony collapse disorder, Project Honey Bees was created.
Project Honey Bees is dedicated to the survivability of our planet by educating and training for sustainable pollination practices. Their goal is to provide information and tools to help keep honeybees healthy and working efficiently on farms worldwide.
Project Honey Bees is a unique partnership between UC Davis and Project Honey Bees that seeks to raise awareness of the issues surrounding honeybees and colony collapse disorder.
By "adopting" a honey bee, anyone in the world can help fund the ongoing research into the cause of colony collapse disorder.
Adopting a bee with Project Honey Bees is fun and adorable. When you buy a product through Project Honey Bees, you are helping you share your love for the world - and its furry friends - with a necklace or earring featuring a high-quality, hand-crafted bee.
The Adopt a Bee Necklace is made of genuine 925 Sterling Silver and 18k Gold Plated Accents, and like each bee in the hive, no two are identical, adding to the appeal and quality of our lovely necklaces!
With your purchase, you will receive a certificate of adoption of a real honey bee - with a name, pictures, and more! It's never been more fun to be bee-autiful, and help save the world's bees!
Is Project Honey Bees Legit?
Absolutely! The BBB approves Project Honey Bees as a company that is ethical and financially safe to invest in by adopting a bee.
Every product is meticulously crafted to adhere to strict quality guidelines. They use only the finest materials, and each item is treated with care and respect before leaving their facilities.
Head online today to see the beautiful pieces that have been so "adorably" designed to help save our investments - honeybees!
Pick up your very own honey bee, and support Project Honey Bees as they continue their mission to help save the world!