Flea's Bees

August 17, 2015

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In response to the world's growing shortage of bees, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is aiding to increase the bee population by becoming a beekeeper.

Initially, it started out as a hobby. Flea had already added three beehives to his yard by July 2015, which estimates to approximately 200,000 bees. Flea posted the photo above with the caption: "Deep to the hive super organism. I love my bees. Flea's bees."

According to the US Dept. of Agriculture, there are only 2.5 million managed bee colonies in the US, which is down 5 million since the 1940's, with a decline of 23.2% in 2014. The government notes that new parasites, pathogens and viruses as being major causes for the problem, as well as colony collapse disorder, which is when bees abandon their colonies for currently unknown reasons.

Experts say that one-third of our food supply is either directly or indirectly due to honey bee pollination. It is believed that the continuing decline in bees will result in crop shortages, higher food prices, and economic disaster for farmers.

(source: Ultimate Classic Rock)