Most would point the fingers at the pesticide manufacturers and the industrial farmers as the main causes of the “Bee Crisis,” forcing beekeepers to adapt to stay in business, but I would also say the commercial beekeepers are partially at fault.
The Bee Crisis is a complex, multi-faceted issue that has the potential to impact every single one of us—eventually. There are other causes to the Bee Crisis besides industrial farming and the heavy use of pesticides, including Varroa mites and various viruses and diseases (Paxton, et al. S57).
Because of its complexity and the differing opinions of all those involved, it’s difficult to identify what the argument of the Bee Crisis actually is.
Everyone involved in the “Bee Crisis” is pointing fingers at possible causes and progress towards a solution is very slow. An article entitled “Bees, Inc.” written by Josh Dzieza references when the “Bee Crisis” first started: “Colony collapse disorder came to global attention in 2007.” It’s been almost a decade since the “Bee Crisis” was first reported by the mass media. A decade and we still haven’t come up with a lasting solution. Adaptation has been the only quick fix utilized; hopefully enough to keep up with the losses of hives.