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What would life be life be like without fruits, vegetables, and nuts?  Nature is under attack, and it is happening to one of the smaller of Mother Nature’s most useful insects.  Bees are dying at an alarming rate because they are unintentionally getting poisoned.  Current farming practices are allowing too much use of commercial insecticides and pesticides. According to statistics, the use of these chemicals have killed nearly 30 percent of the bee population. In 2017, bees officially became an endangered species.  If we like to eat, this should concern us.  If there are no bees, there is no food so that means humans are in danger because bees are essential to our lives.              The issue begins when bees try to pollinate chemically treated flowers.  When bees make contact with a flower that has been treated, they can get poisoned and die.  This is a serious crisis because we can’t afford to lose the bee population.  Without bees pollinating flowers, we will not have any food.  We need the bees to pollinate the flowers because if they don’t,  the flowers will die.  This sets off a chain off events in the food cycle that will directly impact our food supply.  In fact, we rely on bees for 90 percent of our food these days. Animals also rely on the food that bee help pollinate.  Some scientists disagree that chemicals are the root cause of the decline in the bee populations.  Those scientists point towards global warming, habitat loss, and also some bee killing parasites as the drivers of the population loss. There are also scientists who predict that if bees become extinct, the human population will face the same dark fate due to lack of a food supply.            It is a fact that we are seeing unintended death of bees as a direct result of chemical poisoning.  Farmers have widely used the chemicals for years to help prevent harmful pests and insects from destroying their valuable crops.  While they have been successful at protecting their crops from “bad” pests, they have also mistakenly killed valuable insects like our bee population.  Unfortunately, a commercial chemical is doing an effective job of killing all challengers.  Most widely used commercial chemicals are indifferent to sparing the life of any, and all, insects. Not all insects are bad.  Bees pollinate so humans and animals have food to eat.  Other insects help keep the soil clean.  We don’t need to kill all insects, just the ones damaging the crops. There are choices that can be made in farming practices that can stop the decline in bee populations.  We can stop using chemicals altogether and commit to an organic way of farming. We can also use insecticides that are friendly to bees and other wanted insects. Examples of other wanted insects would be caterpillars, slugs/snails, and fleas. These insects have useful jobs in nature such as tilling the soil to keep it healthy.  Another strategy to save the bees, would be for more people to raise bees for local honey.  We can purchase local honey to support the farmers, and it also benefits us in improving our health and allergies.  Purchasing any item local means that the item does not travel across the United States or work so that would help to reduce air pollution which is also harmful to bees.   We could also find better, more proactive ways to keep weeds out of flower beds, crops, and fields to help prevent the need for chemicals that are harmful to bees.  We could strategically plant more bee friendly plants and flowers to help keep them away from chemically treated areas that are harmful to their existence.  In general, we could do a much better job of making the environment cleaner.   A cleaner environment would go a long way towards allowing bees to thrive and live a full and productive life cycle.In my opinion, we must stop the decline of the bee population in order to save our own lives.  It is possible that our own human existence is dependent upon these amazing, useful insects.  I have never stopped to think about all of the good that bees do for the balance of nature.  I had always looked at bees as a nuisance because it really hurts when they sting you.  I wouldmuch rather deal with the threat of a bee sting versus the threat of having no food to eat.  To me, the choice is very clear.The positives include keeping intact the balance of nature and allowing the bees to grow their population and pollinate.  Not spraying would also allow us to keep more of the wanted insects that also play an important role in nature such as keeping our soil clean. Nothing bad comes from having clean soil.  This is a key element to the whole life cycle.  Good, clean soil is needed to help make trees and other plants grow strong and healthy. This is important because they help produce oxygen which is vital to our human existence. Clean air is important for all living organisms.  There are potential negatives of not spraying our crops.  It could include some significant losses to vital crops such as corn, wheat, or rye.  Spraying has also been directly linked to sickness and health complications in humans such as cancer.  As previously mentioned, the proven downside of spraying has led to a dramatic decline in the bee population.  Without bees and their ability to pollinate, we stand the risk of limiting our food sources.  No bees, No food!Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” This is a very powerful quote that still holds true today.  It shows just how important this small insect is to the human population  The positives of bee survival far outweigh the negatives that would result in their absence.  Let’s get started making a difference today.  If everyone knew how important bees are and worked together, we could save this endangered species and possibly our lives.  It is our choice, but it could be the difference in our life or death.

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