The honeybee population has decreased 38% this year which clearly reflects the national average of 42%. Several reasons for this negative development were mentioned by the Colorado Department of Agriculture: destruction of diverse vegetation, parasitic mites that grew immune to miticides, chemicals used by industry and a change in the genetics of the honeybee that seems to be weakening. Pesticides are another big problem.

All these reasons create great difficulty for the pollination of plants. Most of our vegetables, nuts, and fruits depend on pollination by insects.

The White House has issued a National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and other Pollinators earlier in May which is asking for the creation of 7 million acres of land with several corridors of diverse plants that will provide nectar and pollen for insects like bees and butterflies as well as hummingbirds.

The reason for this action is to have the EPA assess the impact of pesticides being used and to prevent from using highly toxic products.

If the bee dying is not being prevented, several problems will arise: beekeepers will not be able to make a living anymore, the ecosystem, as it has been for decades, could possibly collapse within a few short years and fruits and vegetables could become significantly more expensive due to using artificial pollination.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture plans to have a forum sometime in September to address these issues. Surprisingly, they have not heard any complaints from food producers yet.