The decline in bee populations the world over has worried me for some time and I’m not alone. Bees are vital pollinators, but the use of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as mites and disease are blamed for an alarming decline in their numbers. The US and Europe are both experiencing declines that have decision makers worried. The website peopleandplanet.net describes the situation in Europe and Advocacy for Animals has an indepth article on what they bill the ‘honeybee crisis’.
One thing’s for sure, we are messing with this planet big time. In fact, I am often surprised at the resilience of nature, given how much we are punching and kicking and actively destroying it. Resilient in some ways, yet incredibly fragile in others.
Back home in Australia, there is concern about the impact of imported honeybees on our native bee populations, though they haven’t seemed to have suffered the same as their US or European counterparts yet.