CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- Roughly two years ago, millions of honey bees in Dorchester county died after an aerial spray of a mosquito killing pesticide was used to control a growing population.
Rather than ignoring the problem, Boone Hall Farms sought the help of Rich Dunn… a local bee keeper of two decades. For the past year the team has been hard at work to create an environment to help the bees thrive… but why?
It’s estimated that in 2017, U.S. bee keepers lost 40 percent of their honey bee colonies. Rich says that now is the time to take action. He explains that honey bee’s are responsible for pollinating roughly 80 percent of U.S. crops… “If we lost the honey bee’s, we would lose one of every three bites of food that we eat.”
The direct cause of honey bee disappearance has not been determined but experts believe it could be linked to a variety of circumstances including:
- Irresponsible use of pesticides
- Lack of diversity in plant vegetation due to the mass production of cash crops
- High-fructose corn syrup weakening bees immune systems
- New developments/infrastructure eliminating food sources
To help the bee population, Boone Hall recommends planting bee friendly flowers in your gardens and using pesticides responsibly.