Beekeeping and Agriculture
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Introduction: Colony Collapse Disorder and the Disappearance of the Honey bee
In the last 3 months of 2006, beekeepers along the East Coast began seeing large disappearances of honey bee colonies. By the end of the year, the West Coast would experience these same losses. Since 2006, beekeepers have continued to experience substantial decline in their honey bee population. This phenomenon would be coined as colony collapse disorder and has continued to be a pressing issue. Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are responsible for pollinating one-third of the US diet and are said to be “the most economically valuable pollinators of agricultural crops worldwide” (Johnson 2010, p. 1). Having the annual monetary value of $15–$20 billion in the United States alone, the honey bee’s disappearance will have a large impact on how we live (Johnson 2010).
Before Colony Collapse Disorder
Although the disappearance of honey bees has become a...
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