The Saga of the Disappearing Honeybees

Did you know that honeybees across the country are disappearing at an alarming rate? While in many circles it may not be considered a watercooler topic, it is at City Floral Garden Center in Denver.

Disappearing honeybees have a detrimental impact on the environment with far-reaching consequences – particularly on the balance of the human diet. The disappearance of honeybees is known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and was first documented in 2006.

The biggest difference to note about CCD from other bee related issues is that with CCD, the main component is ‘disappearance’ NOT ‘death’. It sprouts from a sudden loss of worker honeybees while the queen and young bees are left behind, which cannot go on without the worker bees.

Some theories on the sudden onset of disappearing honeybees include increased exposure to pesticides and GMO crops, other invasive pests, and new diseases. Interestingly, organic beehives not subjected to pesticides or GMOs have no reported cases of CCD, which shows that chemicals could be one of the leading contributing factors.

The fact of the matter is that CCD isn’t caused by one factor alone – it’s a mix of factors such as those listed previously. It’s important to talk about as “bee pollination is responsible for more than $15 billion in increased crop value each year,” as documented by the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

So what can you do to help? Every small bit of help counts to the greater good of honeybees (and your own health!), so why not start with using less chemicals in your gardening, or get rid of them completely. Switch to organic fertilizers and potting soil. Also, to learn more about beekeeping, you can attend our upcoming new class as detailed below:

NEW Class: Beekeeping for Beginners

Do you want to keep honey bees, but aren’t sure how to get started? This class will cover everything you need to know about beekeeping from day one through the first full year of your new adventure, including housing, handling, harvesting, equipment, common problems, benefits and other questions you might have.

Bring a copy of Beekeeping for Dummies and notepad and pencil for notes.

Lunch will be provided by Busy Bee Farm

Date: Saturday Feb 22nd 10-2pm

Cost: $50.00 each or $60.00 for a couple

Instructor: Steve Lechner, Owner, Busy Bee Farms

Registration: Limited Space available, so please call the City Floral Garden Center office at 303-399-1177

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