Disappearing honey bee population could spell trouble for some crops

The honey bee contributes to a third of the country’s food supply but the population is declining. Last year eight percent of the bees disappeared according to the American Beekeepers Federation. The situation was more severe between 2015 and 2016 when there was a 44 percent decrease in colonies. Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the President of the Bee Informed Partnership, says if this trend continues it could limit the food American’s eat. “If we didn’t have honey bees, we certainly

would lose a lot of our diet,” vanEngelsdorp said. He told Fox that would include blueberries, strawberries and vegetables. The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans. The species can pollinate over 75 percent of flowering plants and crops, making it one of the top pollinators in the U.S. That means the bee can travel up to 6 miles a day and pollinate between 50 to 100 flowers per trip. READ MORE