Latest Project - 'Plight of the Honey Bee'
November 9, 2011
Honey bees are mysteriously disappearing at a catastrophic rate - a crisis known as Colony Collapse Disorder and researchers are working to determine the cause. This is particularly alarming considering honey bees are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites a person eats.
Following excerpt from - DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF HONEY BEES!
By Eric C. Mussen, Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology, UC Davis.
"Pollination by honey bees is as vital to the production of many crops as water and sunlight. There is no substitute! One third of our daily diet relies on honey bee pollination. Almonds, apples, sweet cherries, plums and prunes are examples of crops that require cross-pollination between varieties in order to produce a crop. Bee pollination is necessary for the production of cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and melons. Twenty-one additional California fruit and nut crops are known to produce larger yields when pollinated by honey bees. The greatest value of honey bee pollination is associated with the production of seeds that will have worldwide distribution. Twenty vegetables, including asparagus, carrots, celery, onions, radishes, and turnips produce seeds only when their flowers have been adequately pollinated. Likewise, seed production of forage crops such as alfalfa, various clovers, trefoil, and vetch, requires many visits by foraging bees. Including the "indirect" value of honey bee pollination (meat, dairy products, vegetables, hay, etc.), honey bees are responsible for nearly half of California's agricultural production."
In our latest project 'Plight of the Honey Bee' we look to raise awareness regarding the alarming situation honey bees face. Honey bees need action taken now! This film will help children understand the honey bee's plight and will give helpful information on how everyone can get involved to spread the word.
Why are honey bees in trouble?
- Worldwide there is disturbing evidence that pollinating animals have suffered from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, introduced and invasive plan and animal species, and diseases and parasites.
- Many pollinators are federally “listed species,” meaning that there is evidence of their disappearance in natural areas.
- The U.S. has lost over 50% of its managed honeybee colonies over the past 10 years.
Please help us raise the funds needed for this production using our Tax-Deductible donation widget on the right.
In the meantime watch this fantastic awareness music video 'Do the Honey Bee!'.