Following from my previous post on this blog Save the bees and article why bees matter, we hopefully will make progress in this country with government providing funding for research to find out what is killing the honey bee.
The BBC scheduled an excellent BBC documentary “Who killed the Honey Bee?” which covers how a combination of:
- Monoculture farming,
- Cocktail of insecticides, including the new seed treated insecticides,
- Climate change,
- ‘Genetic modification’ of crops
These are some of the factors that are thought to have weakened the honey bee to such a level that the viruses they carry naturally in their gut (normally with no ill effect) are now killing them on a frightening scale and could yet bring honey and food production (which requires pollination) to it’s knees.