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A Bee's Life
Bees are an important part of life. We would not think much of them but they are responsible for pollinating up to 80% of the countries insect crops, this makes up to about 20 billion dollars a year in crop production. Bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of the world's food production. Bees are one of the most hard working insects out there, they practically work themselves to death. Work, however, is not the only thing killing Bees. Bees have been dying quicker and in larger quantities for the past couple of decades.
Pesticides and insecticides like neonicotinoids or neonics have been increasingly destroying bee populations as they have become more widely used by farmers. Insecticides poison the bees neurosystem and may even cause paralysis or death.
Another leading cause of death for bees is monoculture. This is when a single crop is planted over a large area of land. Since there are no other types of plants to pollenate, a monoculture creates a food desert for bees.
There are many things you can do to help bees. For one, you can grow a garden on your lawn or rooftop. This will create a place for bees to eat and prosper. You can also take it a step further and maintain your very own beehive. You can ask your local beekeeper or even order them online. One thing is certain and that is that we cannot live without bees.