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Colony Collapse and Solutions

The phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder is when the masses of bees in a colony disappear and the queen is left behind with plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for her and the remaining immature bees.

The National Agricultural Statistics Services, or NASS, has been doing studies since 2015. In addition, the period from 1980 until 2013 shows evidence of a devastating level of collapse in colonies. This one data set serves as a sample of the total population. The state of collapse should be alarming to everyone. As a reaction, may people who are aware of the crisis are taking active steps to reduce the damage and reverse this situation if possible. This includes creating protected spaces for bees to thrive in a natural area filled with plentiful wildflowers and plants. 

Other steps may include constructing green spaces within urban areas or rooftop gardening. Reducing or eliminating the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizing agents is another major step people can take on a regular basis. This includes buying organic produce that was made without the use of harmful pesticides that contribute to colony collapse. Plant trees or flower gardens, and support the efforts of any local workers who are maintaining a beehive in your area. Even small actions can contribute a lot towards a lasting solution. For example, you can support efforts of bee re-population by purchasing a Beescause bracelet, which also visually shows your commitment to this movement. Help to raise awareness about this issue any way that you can because small actions like these can make a big difference.