US Allows Biotech to Create First Honeybee Vaccine
US SET TO ALLOW BIOTECH COMPANY TO MAKE A HONEYBEE VACCINE
Vaccines seem to be all the rage these days. And by rage, I mean that there seems to be a vaccine for just about everything and it’s such a to do that many people are in a rage about it. But we tend to forget that vaccinations aren’t just for people. Other creatures on this good Earth also need them, mostly due to human impact on the climate and our chemical pollution of the ecosystem. The list of animals that are endangered by this impact is seemingly endless. But honeybees are at the top of the list. And some say that our entire food supply is totally dependent on the busy pollinators. And now, the US is allowing a Biotech to make a vaccine for them.
DALAN ANIMAL HEALTH WILL MAKE HONEYBEE VACCINE, PREVENT MASS DIE-OFFS
The Biotech making the honeybee vaccine is Dalan Animal Health. The hope is that their project will help protect honeybees from them any diseases that are causing mass die-offs. One disease in particular is a bacterial infection, American foulbrood. This infection is so devastating that it can destroy an entire bee colony easily. American foulbrood is caused by the bacteria Paenibacillus larvae. It kills honeybees in their pre-pupal or pupal stage, which means honeybees die just as their life has begun. If too many more mass die-offs happen, bee populations could take a plunge that will spiral dangerously.
WITHOUT A HONEYBEE VACCINE SUCCESS, HUMAN FOOD SUPPLY COULD BE IN GRAVE DANGER
And if that happens, the human food supply would be in great danger. Just imagine how much work bees really do in pollinating our crops. We’re talking millions of acres of land growing out food, here. It’s literally not a job that humans could do, either in terms of scale or efficiency. If we lose the honeybees, we lose our food. In terms of major disasters, that’s essentially game, set and match. As it’s taken too many years to even start to protect bees from our insecticides, drastic solutions are needed. Let’s hope that the honeybee vaccine works, and fast. And lets also hope that it doesn’t become a controversial political football of rage, too.