Biofuels considered to be beneficial for climate, but dangerous for Bees



Over the past few years, the world’s population has grown much more concerned about the overall health of the environment. Many have transitioned to a green lifestyle, in order to do their part to protect the environment and to leave it in good shape for future generations. This is why many have decided to make the move to biofuels. When compared to fossil fuels, it is widely known that biofuels are far less harmful to the climate. And, many renewable biofuels are manufactured through carbon fixation, which occurs naturally in Mother Nature. Nonetheless, biofuels are not perfect and there are some concerns involved.

What many people fail to realize is that biofuels still result in some degree of air pollution. Those that are interested in saving the bees will want to know about the potential repercussions associated with biofuels. Recent research has shown that biofuels are good for the climate, but not necessary for the bee population. The study confirmed that the corn and soybean cropland within the Dakotas had increased substantially from 2006 to 2014. This is a major concern for beekeepers, who try their best to avoid such crops. Corn and soybeans are in high demand, because they’re common ingredients for biofuels. And, the government has increased subsidies to farmers willing to grow crops, which contribute to the biofuels market.

How does this impact bees? Well, according to the research, corn and soybean crops are not idealistic for bees. Specifically, corn is a terrible forage crop for honeybees and it should be known that these two crops are commonly treated with commercial sprays, such as herbicides and pesticides. The research study went on the suggest that land that contains larger quantities of corn and soybean have much fewer honeybee colonies. And, these crops increase the physiological stress for bees, while also decreasing their overwintering survival rates.

The research study went on to conclude that shifting to biofuel crops could very well diminish the location’s suitability for commercial beekeeping. The loss of grasslands associated with such crops is also a major concern and could have major repercussions for conservation efforts and pollinator networks. Unfortunately, biofuels may have benefits, but beekeepers will suggest that the cons outweigh the pros. Several other studies have been conducted and both insist honeybees and wild bees could be negatively impacted by the increase in biofuel crops, especially corn.

Is biofuel production more dangerous than petroleum production? This is a question that many people have pondered, but the true answer has yet to be revealed. Many experts have compared the two, but unfortunately the theory is still suspended in air. Biofuel is a byproduct of modern biological processes, including anaerobic and agriculture digestion. These fuels contain an abundance of renewable energy, especially the carbon released during photosynthesis. Of course, ethanol is the number one biofuel, which is a byproduct of sugar cane and beets. Environmental activists are trying to get the word about the dangers of biofuel, which they seem to think is the root of global warming.