The Bee Informed Partnership Survey, alongside the Apiary Inspectors of America and the U.S. Branch of Agriculture, made known the most recent information on the health and survival rates of bumble bee colonies in the United States.
The survey revealed 42 percent of honey bee colonies died from April 2014 to April 2015. In Colorado, the outcome is similar with 38 percent of bumble bee altogether perished.
Compared to a year ago in Colorado, that is a 11 percent more.
The number of dead honey bees are due to a condition called colony collapse disorder or CCD.
The bee industry is helpless to put a stop to it. It is not big enough to handle the problem and doesn’t have the logistics to put up a a big time effort in stopping it. The White House announcement concerning helping the bee industry is a welcome news. President Obama’s plan will surely keep the bee industry viable.
John Hartley, proprietor of Black Forest Honey, said pesticides are a contributing factor to honey bee deaths the nation over. In Colorado however, he accepts the principal issues are bugs and icy winters.
“Probably 35 percent of our food requires the honeybee pollination,” said Hartley. “Here it would be the Rocky Ford area and Arkansas River Valley- the watermelon, cantaloupes, pumpkin squash. All of your vine crops require it.”
6,000 beekeepers- including small scale scale to large business operations in every one of the 50 states-participated in the interview.