Gigi's Thoughts is a new regular monthly addition from the desk of my 8-year-old daughter. This month she has chosen to share her thoughts on the environmental issues regarding the loss of bees.
The honeybees are dying and here are some reasons why.
One reason is that we use pesticides. We put the pesticides on crops, and it kills the bees. It's as simple as that.
Another reason is mites. The mites get into the larva and weaken them and then when the larva gets out, the mother and baby mites get out and attack the rest of the hive.
The last reason is climate change. Global warming causes the bees to get closer together and try to get nectar from the same plants as the day before, instead of spreading out.
In conclusion, we have to help the bees!
Gigi's Thoughts tie in perfectly with recent news stories about displaced coal miners in West Virginia learning to operate their apiaries. An organization has formed, in large part helped by Debbie Delaney of the University of Delaware, called the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective with the goal of helping miners learn beekeeping skills to stimulate economic growth in the area. Read more here.