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Bees Have Been Thriving During Lockdown, According to UK’s Largest Bee Farm

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Anthony McLennan, Truth Theory
Waking Times

Farmers of bees have been reporting a resurgence in the honey-making creatures as they are seemingly benefiting from the coronavirus lockdowns around the world.

Without bees (as well as butterflies and other insects), we would be struggling to put food on our plates every evening. It’s probably not a stretch to say that the food chain would collapse with catastrophic consequences including famine and even war.

  • Accordingly, it’s disturbing to hear how bee populations have been plummeting over the past few decades due to issues such as habitat loss, pollution, disease, parasites and pesticides.

    In a 2019 report, it was stated that seven bee species are critically endangered with a further 46 endangered, 24 vulnerable and 101 near-threatened.

    According to a BBC story, bees fertilize a third of our food and 80% of all flowering plants. Along with other pollinating insects, they have a global economic value of approximately $150bn.

    With all this in mind, it’s great to hear that the little buzzing creatures have been doing so well in recent months.

    Aside from less air pollution due to lockdown restrictions and changes to workers’ commuting habits, there’s another benefit to fewer cars on our roads – less road kill; a 2015 study reported an estimated 24 billion bees and wasps are killed by vehicles across North America annually.

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    Helen McGregor, beekeeper at the UK’s largest bee farm, Denrosa Apiaries, feels that the Covid-19 lockdowns have been good news for the industry.

    Denrosa Apiaries bee farm are currently working with farms across the length of Britain to ‘loan’ out bees for pollination purposes.

  • About the Author

    Anthony McLennan is an experienced journalist who has written for some of South Africa’s biggest publications. Also a photographer, soccer coach, dog-lover and surfer, enjoys spending time outdoors in beautiful Cape Town. He believes that a new approach is needed to sustain our planet and that it is important to put this message out.

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