Honey bees in short supply, local farmers concerned

Honey bees in short supply, local farmers concerned

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Farmers are facing a big problem in growing their crops. Honey bees across the country are dying off in record numbers. And it is starting to affect many of the foods we all eat.

Tim Cassidy is a beekeeper at Youngstown Inner City Gardens. Saturday he took us for an inspection of his honey bees.

According to the federal government, 40 percent of all hives in the United States died out this past year.

“This winter was brutally cold, and that is probably the main reason for the losing of hives,” said Tim Cassidy, bee keeper.

Researchers call it Colony Collapse Disorder. And it can also happen during the warmer months. The EPA says the honeybees could be disappearing because of a virus or poison from certain pesticides.

“They will find that all of a sudden, the hive is just empty. They are not sure where the bees went, and they’ve probably died off in a tree somewhere,” Cassidy said.

The disappearing bees are having a huge impact on the foods you eat every day. In order to have fruit and vegetable, there has to be pollination – the main job of the honey bees.

Experts estimate that bees pollinate 15 billion dollars in crops every year in the U.S.

“You will have a lack or production. You apple trees, peach trees, your pear trees, and your vegetables that bloom too, will have significantly less harvest,” Cassidy said.

The best way to help the bees thrive is to plant lots of flowers. It’s their food to help make our food.

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