In recent years there has been a global effort to strengthen the beekeeping sector. At the same time, there is an urgent need to raise awareness of the importance of the bee and its role. It is equally important to inform producers about the use of pesticides.
Is the bee in danger?
There are over 20,000 species of bees of which about 4,000 are pollinators. Of these, some are considered endangered. In addition, some are at risk of being added to this list. However, what about the common bee? The common bee is not at this risk. In fact, its population has increased. However, this does not mean that their protection and public awareness is not needed.
Main reasons for the decline in the bee population
One of the reasons for the decline in the population of some pollinators is thought to be due to the extensive use of insecticides. Mainly neonicotinoids. As far as the common bee is concerned, in areas where there is an agreement between the beekeeper and the producer there is no problem. Because the producer follows practices which have little effect on the bees.
The second reason is intensive monoculture. In fields where there is chronic monoculture of self-pollinating plants, combined with weed control, pollinators have a hard time finding the food they need.
Another reason is climate change. Some pollinators prefer cooler temperatures. Therefore, with the increase in temperature that is observed, the number of some pollinators is expected to decrease.
In conclusion, the save the bees movement has been widespread. However, it is important that the movement is not exploited and that information is provided as to which species are threatened. In conclusion, it is also important that we all follow practices that limit climate change. Not just for bees, but for the planet as a whole.