Recent studies on why there has suddenly been a decline in the number of bees worldwide have found that a common pesticide used to deal with pests that prey on crops is the reason that these black and yellow pollinators are dying out, too. Published in “Science,” the studies show that neocotinoids had contributed significantly to the damage of bee populations in various locations worldwide.
While the neotinoids do not purposely target honeybees, they were found to have a huge impact on their way of life. This pesticide is one of the most popular used on agricultural crops, particularly corn and soy. That said, knowing that a nutritional system that helps strengthen bees’ defenses is comforting.
BeesVita Plus, by West Florida-based Healthy Bees LLC, works to protect honey bees from illness and the ill effects of parasites, monocultures in pollination, and pesticides. The product was developed in a small farm in Italy by the company’s chief scientist Francesca del Vecchio, PhD, and has since been enhanced with essential oils, lipids, antioxdiants and minerals to provide an all-natural bee health supplement.
Healthy Bees reports that the average of colony losses around the world is 20 percent, with some countries seeing drops by as much as 60 percent. In the US, the losses go between 28 percent and 59 percent.
“We now have a breakthrough formula that gives bees a fighting chance to deal with man-made and environmental forces that are threatening their colonies,” notes International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations president Philip McCabe.
Healthy Bees tested BeesVita Plus both in laboratories and out in the field in conjunction with the USDA, local and foreign university scientists, and agricultural research centers in five countries. It comes in a the form of a pre-packaged patty that is placed in bee colonies for the buzzers to enjoy. BeesVita Plus is a nutrient-rich version of the usual sugar water solutions most beekepers use to feed bees.
“Nobody can really point to a single cause of the collapse, but clearly nutrition has a big hand in what is happening,” explains Healthy Bees LLC chairmand and CEO Lee Rosen.
So far, the response to the abovementioned study on neocotinoids has been positive and welcoming. The researchers have made it so far as to the test its effect on honeybees both on a controlled indoor environment and outdoors. The results have been the same. To date the US EPA has launched an inquiry into the neocotinoids’ potential harmfulness on other animals besides what they are intended to target, but the state of Maryland has already announced a ban starting 2018.
Products like Healthy Bees’ BeesVita Plus offer a ray of hope for beekepers and scientists around the world who are searching for ways to stop the continuing sharp decline in bee numbers. The thought of having healthy and extra resilient bees offers an optimistic approach to this worlwide problem. In addition, it also makes beekeeping much easier for farmers because of its pre-packaged state. BeesVita Plus is sold in 800-gram patties. It also comes as a water-soluble mix in different sizes.