The drastically dropping number of honeybees in our nation has been categorized as dangerously close to fatal for many crops throughout the United States.
The Department of Agriculture determined that the 2013 survey of survival reported a whopping one-third loss of our nation’s bee population, likely due to multiple factors: pesticides, fungicides, parasites, viruses and malnutrition. Overall, this rate of disappearance is nearly double of what would be deemed acceptable due to natural causes.
Though we can pass a normal day without considering bees as much more than an annoyance buzzing near our faces or our food, what we may not realize is how these insects affect the food in front of us. This drop affects crop cycles in more ways than one. To put it into a more understandable (and more staggering) perspective, entomologist Dennis vanEngelstorp of the University of Maryland explains: “One of every three bites [of food consumed in the U.S.] is directly or indirectly pollinated by bees.”