The Effects Of Colony Collapse Disorder ( Ccd ) And Other Factors That Are Causing The Bee Population

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TITLE: The Population of Honeybees in the United States is Declining. General purpose: To persuade Purpose statement: Persuade my audience that more should be done to reverse the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and other factors that are causing the bee population to decrease. INTRODUCTION I. Honeybees and their pollination contribute $17 billion a year to the United States’ economy. II. Due to variable causes, their population is declining at an alarming rate. a. In 1947, 5.9 million colonies were alive and well; today, that number has shrunk by over 50%. b. Scientists believe that one of the major causes for the decline is colony collapse disorder. III. Thesis: Without a change in policy and practice, honeybees may disappear, causing humans a dilemma that is much bigger than many understand. Transition: Honeybees and Humans have depended on each other since they were first introduced into the Americas. BODY I. Honeybees play an important part in North American past and present. a. Honeybees and humans depend on each other. i. Honeybees are not native to the United States and were first brought around the year 1620. 1. They suffered with many barriers, such as climate, disease, and competitors. 2. They shared struggles with humans and led to a partnership. b. Why are honeybees so important to us? i. It is estimated that one in three bites of food was pollinated by a honeybee. ii. We won’t starve without honeybees. 1. Most staple foods (wheat, rice, and corn)

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