Honeybee Counts Dropping; Why that Can Affect Your Favorite Foods

OMAHA (KPTM)- The number of honeybees is lower than ever accordingto experts.

"They had a thirty percent loss in their hives where thebees are just disappearing," said Brian Schlueter.

Schlueter has been making mead for more than 20 years, it'sa honey based wine. Schlueter said that a tough winter, not enough diverseplants for pollination, bee hives moving around too frequently, and sprayingchemicals on fields are possible reasons for the honeybee shortage.

"It's better to have all sorts of closer, wildflowers,alfalfa, and just different types of nectar sources that they can draw upon,"said Schlueter.

Before you think that honey just affects his business,Schlueter said, think again. "A lot of them are pollinating your almonds, yourfruits and vegetables. If we didn't have the honeybee we'd be in trouble."

Honeybees pollinate more than 100 different crops, accordingto FOX news.

Schlueter said that certain people who need honeybees andhoney in the United States have started to have to buy it from Argentina.

"America is in trouble, we have problems with producinghoney," said Schlueter.

Schlueter said one way to help solve the problem is bybuying honey locally and shopping organically.

"If the honey bee expires, it's not going to be a goodthing," said Schlueter.

The USDA is alsotrying to help beekeepers in the Midwest. It recently announced that there willbe subsidies for Midwest farmers and beekeepers to help build up the honeybeepopulation.