We cannot imagine life without the multitude of flowers, flowering trees, varied fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries or honey for that matter. Although, there are numerous pollinating insects but honeybees alone are responsible for approximately a third of the food we consume. Their pollinating power affects many levels of our ecosystem. However, honeybee populations have been in decline in the US.
For many reasons, bee colony losses have been rapid, resulting in large number of colony losses. In Canada, the main reason behind colony death is the failure of varroa mite treatments through mite resistant to chemicals. On the other hand, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) continues to be a contributing cause in the decline of the honeybee population.
17%-20% of the average colony losses per year since the 1990s
15% of losses during normal winter
25% of losses due to without CCD symptom
44% of losses attributed to CCD symptom
$15-20 billion revenue is invested annual on bees
23% of US crops depend bee pollination