|Results for POLL S819|
NO POLL LAST WEEK
Could a disappearance of bees mean an eventual disappearance of hunting as we know it?
|Bee Deaths – does it endanger hunting’s future… ???|
Crops may have reached crisis point due to extensive bee deaths
NPR REPORT on the Crisis In Honeybee Deaths:
News from this year’s overwintering of bee colonies is not good. In fact it is startling. A new survey of American beekeepers reveals a continuance in the decline of bee populations.
For six years this has been a fact of constant aggravation. It’s a very disturbing and dangerous situation. One for which there are no definitive answers.
Honeybee colonies in the US have seen an average of 30 percent die off over the winter. Last year was the lowest in the six years, at just 22 percent. That low number of die offs gave a bit of hope to many of beekeepers. But this year saw that number jump back up to 31 percent.
All the talk, when the survey started, was about colony-collapse-disorder (CCD); a condition where seemingly healthy bee colonies suddenly just collapsed. Many of the bees just disappeared. Whole hives were abandoned.
But now, beekeepers are seeing colonies just dwindle, in place of sudden collapse. The result is disturbing: the population continues to get smaller and weaker. With fewer, weaker bees, unable to generate the heat needed to overwinter, the bees can’t fly away and they can’t survive.
The agriculture economy depends upon bees for pollination. Major commercial crops that are directly affected are almonds, blueberries and apples. With the dwindling numbers of bees available, farmers are becoming more and more concerned with how their crops are going to be pollinated.
The FOCUS of this weeks poll …
In all the conversation about crops, one area of interest, specifically to hunters, has not been mentioned: food plots. Since food plots are not large income generators they don’t show up on the typical radar for impending disasters. But, food plots; natural or man-made; are important to the health of the deer herd and many other life forms in nature. Food plots also provide food, by adjacent provision to: bacteria, insects, small animals, birds, etc.: all the way up the food chain.
All of the plants found in a food plot are pollinated by bees. Yes, there are other insect and atmospheric (wind) contributors; and animals walking though, do scatter pollen about. But bees are the primary pollinator. Remove the bee from the pollination equation and you have no food plot. Just that shockingly simple.
So what happens to the whole system, IF bees disappear? Scientists have been telling us that everything is connected, in a systemic way; everything connected to each other; nothing happens in any part of the system, without the rest of the system also being affected. Thus, any damage to the system is felt up the chain. The closer such a systemic interruption occurs, to the base of the system, the greater its effects are felt throughout the system.
If so, could a disappearance of bees, mean an eventual disappearance of hunting as we know it?
It is certainly worth thinking about.
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