Are the Bees Okay Now? Inside the Race to See the Edge of the Universe 2 months ago   03:30

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About 10 years ago, the news was packed with reports about something called colony collapse disorder — a mysterious phenomenon that involved the disappearance of enormous numbers of bees. Then, the news stopped talking about it. So what gives? Are bees safe now?

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A retarted bean
Wait if bees are dead and we don’t have food
Alkerae
The [insert political party] knows what causes colony collapse syndrome, they told me all about it! It's [current political topic], so now you know! Mystery solved.


Damn you monsanto/global warming/Donald Trump/co2 emissions/yellow dye 7/atheism/chemtrails/dubstep! Damn you to hellllllll! (I'm making a joke, but also at least 3 of these examples I've actually been told was true in real life... by people whom couldn't possibly know.)
Raven Bishop
I go out looking and counting the bees I see. There are less and less every year here. Now my cherry trees produce nothing. I have put food out for the bees that came and ate it, now none show up.
vawa-ID
I don't get the bee movie jokes
Stonemansteve II
The French knew from the beginning that it was the new pesticides that we used!! How did they know? Because the same thing happened there in 1994 after they started using the same pesticides that always stay with the plant!!! Nobody heard about it then, because it was only in France, but when they banned those substances, CCD all but disappeared there. They told us what it was, but nobody listened!!!
Matthew Haas
Lack of DNA diversity due to inbreeding of queens.
Blue Loon
Can we get an update on the next great swine/bird/spanish flu and what Yellowstone's feeling like?
Morag MacGregor
My money is on neonicitinoid insecticide and the GMO plants that are engineered to be tolerant of it. I'm guessing that the EU has banned that but the US has _not._ Those manufacturers have enough money to dictate US policy. Just my opinion.
_edit for bad typing_
Prince Persona
I would love a video that talks about what foods would be left if all of the bees died and nothing replaced them.
slothfulcobra
What's odd is that this isn't really an environmental problem, bees aren't native to the US. It's just a technical problem for an industry.
shit poster
They are protecting our use of honey
William Cyparski
Hank for President!
K E B A B
Someones watched Bee Movie a few too many times
captain0080
It was the 🛸🛸🛸👽👽👽
braith117
Honey bees aren't native to most of the places they're used and they're only as popular as they are in agriculture because they make honey. There are tens of thousands of pollinators out there, mostly native insects that the bees have displaced, that could fill the role. Our over reliance on an invasive species is a problem of our own making.
danielsjohnson
When planting flowers look up which ones are local to your area. A while ago Honey Nut Cheerios included flower seeds in their boxes but they weren't part of the local ecosystem so hurt them some amount by being invasive.
Justin Trigg
Good news, bees are an invasive species to the American so we'll be fine if things go back to normal. Maybe even some of our natural species will make a climb back from endangered where bees put them.
thomas vermeersch
Paul stamets is working on a cure, using mushroom extracts to make the bees more resistant to the veroa mites. And it is looking very positive.
Pat McBride
So, bees disappear, but no one knows where? Maybe another queen was born and took them away.
Also, were crops pollinated more, less, or the same while this was going on?
And Europe banned pesticides with no real proof they were bad for bees when properly used.
Bashkov B
Aliens.!
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