Apple production is down by 50% in Wales this year because so many bee colonies have collapsed. The supply of English honey is also seriously depleted.
The cause of the colony collapse can’t be genetically modified plants, as some people have hypothesized, because genetically modified plants have been grown here only in seriously proscribed test fields, and that was some years ago.
Almost all bee farmers and scientists studying the cause of the problem think that it is the Varroa mite – which most think has also infected up to 90% of the hives in America. A particularly wet, cold climate this year in Britain also has not helped the bees thrive.
Figuring out how to solve this problem is really really important.
As Albert Einstein – among others – said: if we lose our bees, the world will run out of food in ten years.