It’s no secret honeybees are hurting. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), which occurs when the majority of worker bees in a hive don’t survive the winter, has been plaguing beekeepers for the past 10 years. While CCD is on a slight decline, nearly a quarter of hives still won’t survive the winter this year. According to the EPA, researchers still don’t know conclusively what is causing CCD, but it’s generally thought to be a combination of deadly factors including pesticide usage, invasive mites, stress, and loss of habitat. This should worry all of us because our food supply would diminish dramatically without honeybees pollinating our crops.
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Perhaps the biggest thing you can do to protect honeybees is to become an organic beekeeper yourself (here's what you need to know to get started!). But if you’re not ready to take the plunge, there are still ways you can help. These five everyday habits are contributing to honeybee decline, but if we all changed our behavior we could make a significant positive change.