The Biggest Myth About the ‘Bee Apocalypse’

By Ross Pomeroy

In 2006, an ominous term entered the public lexicon: colony collapse disorder. The mysterious, somewhat vague word describes instances where entire colonies of honeybees abruptly disappear, leaving behind their queens. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) has since fueled claims of an ongoing “bee apocalypse,” which summarizes the perilous plight of our pollinator pals.

But despite panicked claims of an apocalypse, managed honeybee colonies in the United States have actually been rising since 2008. In fact, as of April 2017, U.S. honeybee colonies are at their highest levels in more than 23 years! According toUniversity of Sussex Professor Dave Goulson, perhaps the foremost expert on bees, the trend is the same globally.

Herein lies the biggest myth of the “bee apocalypse”: that there actually is one. Fret not, bees aren’t going extinct anytime soon. Our food supply is not imminently imperiled.

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  1. @OP – The Biggest Myth About the ‘Bee Apocalypse’

    This sounds like a propagandists’ hyped strawman “Apocalypse”, (akin to the mythical global-warming “alarmism” beloved of scientifically illiterate denialists) – belittling the real problems, and reputable scientific studies, of invasive species, pests, diseases and insecticides which are are threatening many wild pollinators, and causing colony collapse in commercial hives!

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/09/uk-will-back-total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides-michael-gove-reveals

    UK will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides, Michael Gove reveals

    Research leads environment secretary to overturn government’s previous opposition, making total EU ban much more likely

    The decision reverses the government’s previous position and is justified by recent new evidence showing neonicotinoids have contaminated the whole landscape and cause damage to colonies of bees. It also follows the revelation that 75% of all flying insects have disappeared in Germany and probably much further afield, a discovery Gove said had shocked him.

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