The honey bees in the nation are dying in record numbers and scientists are trying to figure out why. To help raise awareness about the issue, Haagen-Dazs launched the Help the Honey Bees campaign. One of the main issues plaguing the honey bees is called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
According to the Haagen-Dazs website, “when a hive experiences CCD, the honey bees mysteriously leave their hive and die. CCD symptoms were reported by more than 35 states across the United States and in many other countries.” Source: Help the Honey Bees
The Haagen-Dazs campaign provides teaching material for our nation’s educators to help spread the news about the plight of the honey bees and the drastic effect this could have on the nation. The website also collects donations to help provide funding to researchers at Pennsylvania State University and the University of California at Davis that are trying to determine the cause of CCD.
Today, researchers at Penn State have reason to celebrate – a $50,000 donation. Wyman’s of Maine, known for their delicious wild blueberries, has donated $50,000 to help fund CCD research. Wyman’s of Maine has a vested interest in this process as bees help in the pollination of the company’s blueberries.
“The company provided testimony in June 2008 before Congress in support of increased USDA funding. This $50,000 donation for research at Penn State is sorely needed. The company has also issued a call to action for consumers, noting a portion of their wild blueberry purchases will be used to fund that commitment.” Source: PR Newswire
For more information on the CCD problem, read The Case of the Missing Bees, which appeared in the Winter/Spring 20008 issue of the PennState Agriculture Magazine.