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Woolard 1 Neomi Woolard English 1106 12/13/18 Paper 1 Final Copy Honey Bees Not Effective Native Pollinators May Be More Effective Pollinators Than Honey Bees Honey bees have pollinated agricultural crops for years. However, a condition called Colony Collapse Disorder has caused many honey bee colonies to vanish in the United States ( ). In the past ten years, 40% of honey bee colonies in the United States have been lost because of Colony Collapse Disorder ( ). Due to Colony Collapse Disorder, honey bees become disoriented and cannot find their way back to their hive, or they become sick and die. This problem has led to many studies to try and find the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder to prevent the continual decline of honey bees, as the honey bee is one of the most common pollinators for agriculture in the United States. The honey bee is also responsible for accumulating over $15 billion by pollinating crops in the United States. The honey bee pollinates apples, berries, cantaloupes, and many more agricultural crops on farms. Honey bees also produce around $150 million in just their honey annually ( ). Because of how much money this insect provides, scientists have tried to find the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder, and while no one is sure as to the exact cause, many agree that Colony Collapse Disorder has increased due to the use of pesticides on the plants that the honey bee pollinates ( - foods-we-will-lose-if-we-dont-save-the-bees/ ). Because of the decline of honey bees, many people and researchers have started to wonder how agricultural crops should be pollinated. A common idea is to “save the bees.” But
Woolard 2 how does one accomplish this? Some people suggest not using pesticides and increasing the bee habitat ( - disappearing-bees ), while others point out that the honey bee is not even native to the United States and originates from Europe ( ), so farmers should use native pollinators for pollinating their crops rather than the European honey bee. But which of these options is most preferable and the most beneficial? Honey bees’ value is that they can produce honey as well as pollinate agricultural crops. Beekeepers make money off of honey and the bee industry can produce millions of dollars by selling honey to consumers ( ). However, if the honey bee is taken out of North America, or the honey bee dies off on this continent, then honey prices would rise because of the need to ship the honey to the United States from another country. Transporting honey from another country is undesirable as honey is used for soothing sore throats, flavoring, sweetener, and many other purposes, and needing to transport honey

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