The worldwide food shortage threat linked to the sharp decline in honeybee numbers is real. In a press release, Lee S. Rosen, chairman and chief executive of Healthy Bees LLC, revealed that a deadly parasite has been killing large colonies of bees worldwide. Varroa mites cause destruction by latching onto the bodies of bees and sucking the life out of them. They can also spread illness in a colony, resulting in birth defects such as bees that are born without wings.
The Rise In Colony Deaths
According to the United Nations and the US Department of Agriculture, the massive drop in bee colony numbers can be attributed to the following factors: malnutrition, parasites, ingestion of pesticides, pollution, climate change, and even stress. When bees are ill-equipped physically to deal with the changes in their environment, then become sentient and eventually die out.
However, recently, the large number of deaths have reportedly been due to the varroa mite parasite, which account for over 40 percent of decimations around the world. To make the matter worse, climate change has been wreaking havoc on colonies, particularly in the US. All these factors have led to a huge drop in honey production, crop pollination, and agricultural revenue. In short, their declining population is threating not just jobs but also the world’s supply of food.
“This is why our team of scientists developed BeesVita Plus, which is a nutritional supplement that dedicated to boosting the overall health of honeybees,” says Lee Rosen. BeesVita Plus is a product of research conducted in the US, Argentina, Turkey, Brazil, and Italy, and aims not only to strengthen bees’ immune systems but also fight the infestation of varroa mites.
“We’re seeing positive results and it’s all very exciting,” adds Rosen. “Honeybees are crucial to the life of one-third of the food supply in the world, so knowing that there’s something we can do to revive their numbers is quite a breakthrough.”
In the past, farmers used formic acid strips to help control varroa mites and other pests from harming the bees. Fortunately, field trials conducted in the US using BeesVita Plus showed effectiveness by as much as 45 percent. The formula behind the product was developed by Italian biochemist Francesca Del Vecchio almost 11 years ago after feeding it to the hives in her own farm and finding the bee numbers stabilizing after a while. The formula was then brought to Italy and in other countries for testing, until BeesVita Plus was born.
“Colony collapse disorder is real and it’s a phenomenon that nobody should take for granted. We are lucky that we will in a time of innovation, where Science has provided us with a fix to a problem that threatens not just bees’ but also humans’ very existence,” said Lee Rosen.
“We are going to save the honeybee,” Rosen concluded.
As of this writing, there are some 83.4 million honeybee colonies in the world, the largest among which reside in China, where there are reportedly 10 million colonies. The US comes at ninth place, with 2.8 million colonies. Estimates show that about 15,000 to 40,000 honeybees live in every colony.