The Decrease in Domesticated Honeybee Populations in the United States and San Joaquin County: a Call to Action

As students and future public health leaders we are tasked with improving the health and wellness of greater society; but how can we assure adequate health and wellness if there is a limited food supply?

The attached presentation provides an overview of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in San Joaquin County, California. The presentation also discusses the potential long-term effects of CCD to our environment and most notably: our food supply.

A call to action is requested to further investigate the potential causes of CCD and to legislate sustainable investigative and evidence-based action.

You can access the presentation here:

https://environmentalhealthtoday.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/carterlccdsjcounty

or via APP9CarterL

Feel free to leave your comments.

Lyona Carter

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3 Responses

  1. Lyona, I enjoyed your presentation!

    I have actually just started two bee hives of my own this summer and I’m hoping to observe their behaviors and understand their needs better so that they are well-cared for and can thrive in a natural environment. On the farm I live on now, we are working on reducing or eliminating pesticide/herbicide use to reduce the risk of harming the bees that we have purchased and the native bees to our area. In addition, I have been looking into natural ways to deal with mites and other viral/bacterial diseases in case they occur within my hives. I’ve planted many bee-loving plants in the immediate vicinity of the hives, as well as placed the hives right next to our two large gardens of many herbs, fruits, and vegetables. We have 113 acres of land with wildflowers, apple trees, and so on. I’m hoping that we will set an example for other farmers and friends and raise awareness in our community emphasizing the importance of bees and the causes of CCD.

    Thank you for this presentation! Very well done!

  2. Hi Elizabeth,

    Thank you for the response, warm regards and review of my presentation. I truly love that you are making a difference with action and evaluating the role pesticides. Congrats on setting such a wonderful example! I have a ‘small’ plot of land and just planted a lemon tree, we have an apple tree, pear tree, feijoa tree, pomegranate tree and 3 different varieties of palms. The bees tend to love the rose bushes out front, as well as the wild flowers. My daughters have two more flower beds to plant. As you progress, feel free to let me know how the reduction of pesticides works there.

  3. Hello Lyona,
    I certainly will keep in touch. The trees sound wonderful that you’ve planted, and not only for the bees, I’m sure, but for yourselves as well!
    Pesticides and herbicides are still used around here quite often by farmers on their crops, and especially on aged hay fields filled with meadow buttercup, (which causes severe digestive upset and toxicity in cows and some other grazing animals). That’s one of the biggest reasons farmers use it, though they constantly argue that they have read into the product and it is one of the safest out there. I’m not knocking that it’s not safer than others, but it is a chemical and it is quite possible that we won’t know the effects of it until many years down the road. If we intervene now and make more farmers aware of biopesticides, bioherbicides, and other ways of managing crop problems we may be able to save bees and replenish their health, as well as preserving our environment and our own health.
    I hope you have a wonderful summer!

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