Bees dying is a big problem. Humans should give back to the bees and help them stay alive since bees make up an important part of our food supply. According to Time Magazine, "Bees pollinate 24 percent of our food supply." Fox News says, "Bees are dying every day from (colony collapse disorder)." If they all die, about one-quarter of our fresh growing foods will die with them.
Has a bee ever flown around you like it’s going to sting? That’s happened to me before. What I wanted to do is kill it, but not now. I don’t try to kill the irritating insect because bees are going extinct. Who is killing them? Humans are. "How are we killing these irritating insects?" Pesticides. If we lose bees, but we will lose lots of food too.
The Natural Resources Defense Council posted that "More than $15 billion in one year of U.S. crops are pollinated by bees." This means if we lose bees, we also lose $15 billion worth of food. According to Fox News, "One out of every three bites you eat is pollinated by bees. Apples, nuts, avocados, soy beans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash, and cucumbers are all pollinated by bees." That’s not even close to all the foods bees pollinate. There are so many people in America to feed. If we lose one quarter of our food supply, lots of more people will go hungry.
Bees are dying in big numbers. The NRDC, also said that "25 percent of bees have died since 1990." That means, in another 25 years we could lose about 50 percent of our food supply. So, if we don’t start helping the bees, every 25 years we could lose 25 percent of the bees. In the near future, bees could be gone for good. In that time we will start losing food that bees pollinate. According to the Onpoint website, "In China it has gotten so bad that they are hand pollinating blossoms in orchards." Hand pollinating has already started in other places in the world. Albert Einstein once said, "If bees disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live."
As bees are pollinating the flowers for our food, they are also being killed by humans, for whom they are making food. Bees are dying from pesticides, and humans are using pesticides, like neonicotinoids, and Varroa Mite, on their plants. These are deadly to bees and other insects. According to Times Magazine, "Neonicotinoids seem to be harming bees at what should be safe levels. Varroa Mite is killing off colonies directly and spreading deadly diseases." Neonicotinoids are pesticides that are harming bees, but not as much as Varroa Mite. Varroa Mite is contagious to the bee colonies and kills bees very quickly.
People may think bees dying isn’t our fault. Yes it is! We buy pesticides and use them on the plants bees pollinate. Thirty-one percent of colonies died of pesticides in 2012. If we didn’t use them, we wouldn’t have this problem. One way to help is to stop putting pesticides on plants. Instead put plastic over your plants with enough slack for your plants to grow. That keeps your plants from being eaten and it doesn’t kill bees. If you don’t grow your own plants then buy organic food to stop farmers from using pesticides.
One way to help is we could plant flowers that bees like, and don’t put pesticides on them. This will give the bees good food that won’t kill them. A final way to help is to build a bee habitat that you could get honey from and also save a bee colony.
You may have thought that it’s good bees are dying because they sting. Every time a bee stings you, they die. You get a sting, that’s it, but they lose their life. You wouldn’t get stung if you didn’t bother them in the first place. Like I said before, "Bees pollinate one out of every three bites of food you eat." That’s a lot of food, and if bees continue dying you lose that bite of food. One bee sting kills a bee and "22,700 bees are needed to make a jar of honey." Lots of bees die every day, and we need to stop that.
Bees are little, but they make a big difference in our community. To help save the bees, please stop putting pesticides on plants. Thank you for reading my letter and for saving the bees.
Amelia Conley is a member of Julie Rosenberg’s sixth-grade class at Academy School in Brattleboro. This is the third in a series of letters submitted as part of a project organized by Rosenberg. Other letters will be printed as space allows.