Bee Population in the US Declining Rapidly


Bees are becoming endangered in the United States. If nothing is done, results are likely horrible and possibly fatal.

Rachel Lee, Staff Writer

Bees are taken for granted very often. Now that they are endangered in the United States, people have begun reconsidering the worth of bees. Due to entire colonies of bees dying off. The cause of this sudden drop of population is due to many different things. Such as pesticides. Pesticides have begun spreading diseases and terminating entire colonies very quickly. However, this is not the only cause of their death. Farms are becoming monocultures of commodity crops like corn or wheat, which do not provide much pollen. Because of this, the bees are slowly starving to death.

The effect of the extinction of bees would be detrimental to the well-being of the planet. Bees pollinate the food we consume every day. Apples, corn, strawberries, watermelon, carrots and many others would not grow if it were not for the assistance of the pollination by bees. Most of the foods eaten every single day, even the processed foods such as corn chips and cereal, would not be available to eat without the help of bees.

Not only would our grown food source die off, the animals that we eat would also begin dying. Cattle and other heard animals only eat plants. The lack of plants would starve most of them to death. In addition, some animals eat these heard animals. The lack of prey would starve most of the predators to death. Humans eat meat so the lack of meat along with the lack of plants would starve humans to death ultimately resulting in the permanent diminishing of Earth’s life.

Bees are not the only pollinators on the planet. Butterflies and flies are two other pollinators; however, this does not mean the same things will not happen to the other pollinators. Also, that is not prominently their purpose. They do not carry as much pollen as bees do and do not affect the growth of plants as much comparatively to bees. If bees were to be extinguished, the pollination provided by butterflies and flies would not be enough to sustain life.

Even so, the death of Earth would not happen overnight. It would not be something that would need to cause mass hysteria or panic. With that being said, there needs to be something done to prevent the early death of this young planet. Change cannot happen on its own. Everyone must take action for the greater good of all life.