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Sun, Jan. 19

Colony Collapse Disorder is happening in Prescott

Colony Collapse Disorder is affecting us because bees are disappearing and they pollinate ⅓ of the food on our plate. According to Huffingtonpost, bees may be small but they help in our survival. The author of "Why we Need Bees," said, healthy bees were abandoning their hive never to return again. Without bees to spread seed many of the worlds plants would die.

"If the bees disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man," said Einstein. As stated in the article "The Case of the Empty Hive," honey bees pollinate 15 different crops in the United States. Thats why it's important to save bees.

Bees are keystone species which means the loss of a bee can have a huge affect in our world. According to "What if There Were no Bees," most life depends on bees in the food chain.

Wasps, opossums, toads and spiders all depend on bees as their food. If bees don't pollinate the fields, than small creatures like birds, mice and squirrels would not have enough food to live.

C.C.D. means colony collapse disorder. People think it's caused by poor eating, pesticides, stress, hunger, parasites, global warming and habitat loss. Some of these things affect C.C.D. in these ways. Pesticides are one of the guesses scientists have as a cause of C.C.D. According to Col. Deane, neonicitinoids are really bad for bee healthy. (According to why we need bees) Global warming causes flowers to bloom to early. Stop using pesticides and try to stop global warming.

Growers need to stop using pesticides because they kill off bees. Bees are very important and if pesticides are used than bees will disappear. What happens is the growers spray with pesticides, bees drink the pollen, the neonicitinoids get into their body and then the bee dies. Help save the bees, help stop C.C.D. and help save everyone!

Breckyn Tubbs, 10, is a student at La Tierra Community School. Students learned how a newspaper operated during a visit to The Daily Courier newsroom and print facility. They researched and wrote news articles for their class and Breckyn's was chosen to publish. Breckyn's illustration accompanies the article.

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