The last eight years have seen a great decline in the honeybee population. Currently, President Obama is stepping up to address this problem.
In the past few years, researchers have been working to understand why millions of bees have been leaving their homes and not coming back. This phenomenon is called colony collapse disorder (CCD). Scientists are not certain what is killing the bees, but they think that a fungus, virus, pesticides, or parasites could be to blame.
Responding to this research, President Obama recently created and declared the start of the Pollinator Health Task Force. The force will work to maintain a healthy population of bees in the U.S.
“The problem is serious and requires immediate attention,” President Obama said in a statement. “It is critical to expand federal efforts and take new steps to reverse pollinator losses and help restore (bee) populations to healthy levels,” he added.
Bees are a significant part of the national ecosystem because they help plants grow. They pollinate plants by moving from one plant to another. Each year, bees provide more than $15 billion to the agricultural industry in the U.S., according to a report released by the White House.
The Pollinator Health Task Force plans to come together with state and local agencies to protect and create new habitats for these pollinators. The force also has plans to increase the general population's awareness of the honeybees. President Obama has asked for $50 million in his 2015 budget to carry out these plans.
With the $50 million plan to add protection for and increase awareness about the threatened bee population, the future looks just a little bit sweeter for honeybees.
[Source: Time for Kids]