I remember as a kid having bees on our small farm. That was one of the reasons our crops did so well. That was back in the mid-80s.
Now we are faced with the bee colony collapse disorder. A study has been done on finding out what has caused this to happen. They found over 20 pesticides and antifungal agents in the pollen of bees in the same areas that disorder was detected.
The finding of many chemicals in pollen raises more questions than answers. Is it a combination of some of these chemicals that causes colony collapse? They aren’t sure yet what the actual cause is other than “It is a fungal infection” of some sort.
Flowers and crops can’t produce without these little guys buzzing around.
This father and son are doing their part in helping their local environment with a new beehive.