Scientists widely believe that our planet is undergoing significant climate change. These changes impact all living things on Earth, and honeybees are no exception. As the planet warms, the plants on which honeybees typically forage may change.
Most of the environmental changes affecting honeybees are caused by humans. Agriculture, while an obviously critical component of our lives, is often challenging to the surrounding plants and animals to adapt to. It essentially converts a diverse ecosystem into a monocultural one, limiting the food sources and living areas that animals require. In addition, humans invented pesticides in order to make agriculture easier and more productive. Unfortunately, most of these pesticides are quite indiscriminate, killing a wide variety of beneficial insects, including honeybees. Finally, humans eliminate huge areas of natural landscape in order to build roads, homes and buildings. As a result, the amount of plant life available for honeybees to forage in some areas has been greatly limited.
Fortunately, humans can help restore honeybee populations and help the environment. Honeybee colonies are an important part of the food web - many animals such as other insects, birds and small mammals depend on honeybees for food. It is typical for a honeybee colony to lose a few hundred bees per day during the summer months, which is why a queen bee can lay up to 2000 eggs per day! Honeybees are important pollinators, and without them many species of plants would not survive. Supporting honeybees means you are helping to create a more diverse ecosystem - and in ecology, diversity = stability.
Our corporate beekeeping clients are great stewards of the environment and care deeply about this issue.