US Approves Life-Saving Vaccine for Bees
Well this is a GREAT start to 2023 and a HUGE WIN for our food supply!
Earlier this week, the US Department of Agriculture, also known as the USDA, approved a conditional license to a biotech firm called Dalan Animal Health to produce a vaccine able to prevent the fatal foulbrood disease.
Foulbrood disease attacks the bee larvae and causes the colony to weaken at its core. It is very contagious and there is no cure; beekeepers must burn the effected colony and its hive to prevent it's spread plus treat surrounding colonies with antibiotics to try to save them.
California State Beekeepers Association board member, Trevor Tauzer, said "exciting step forward for beekeepers."
The vaccine is injected into royal jelly feed given to worker bees who then pass it to the Queen bee. The bacteria in the vaccine will stay in her ovaries and then pass to the larvae, giving them immunity to the deadly disease.
Why is this breaking news?
Bees are pollinators and responsible for over a third of the world's crop production. Our food supply is in jeopardy and bees have been in decline the past two decades. This new vaccine will help save millions of bees worldwide!
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