|For more information on CCD check out the following links
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
British Beekeeping Association
|Colony Collapse Disorder (or CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a
beehive or honey bee colony abruptly disappear.
In 2006, for unknown reasons, honey bee colonies suddenly began to die across the U.S.
Honey bees are dying off, and that presents a major problem for farmers who rely on them to
pollinate their crops.
European beekeepers observed a similar phenomenon in Belgium, France, the Netherlands,
Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, and initial reports have also come in from Switzerland and
The cause or causes of the syndrome are not yet well understood. Proposed causes include
environmental change-related stresses, malnutrition, pathogens, mites, pesticides s and
genetically modified crops with pest control characteristics.
Frequently Asked Questions
|CCD not only affects the beekeepers, but it also affects the
produce farmer and the consumer when they go to the
|A healthy hive (above) has worker bees
covering most combs.
In a hive with CCD (below), workers leave
and fail to return.