The USDA estimates that about one in every three bites of food is either directly or indirectly made possible because of bee pollination.
Blueberries and cherries are 90% dependent on honeybees for pollination.
Almonds — for which California alone produces 80% of the world's supply — are entirely dependent on honeybee pollination during bloom time.
As CCD continues to ravage commercial honeybee populations, scientists and governments are now stepping in to help determine the cause of this startling phenomenon.
Some studies point to neonictonoids (pesticides) as the potential cause behind CCD, though the evidence remains largely inconclusive.
In an effort to help determine what is causing CCD, the European Commission opted, in April, to ban the use of three pesticides belonging to the neonictonoid family for three years beginning Dec. 31, 2013.
Though in 2007 the USDA established a special committee to tackle the issue of CCD, they currently have no plans to ban the use of neonictonoids in the United States.
In 2012 the rates of CCD decreased to an average loss of 22% in the winter season. As of now it has yet to be determined what the average losses will be for 2013.