Bees might seem quite insignificant in size, but their importance in the global production line is unexpectedly massive. Simply put, if bees were to go extinct someday, humans would follow shortly afterward.
Just as pollination is a fascinating facet of nature, it is an essential ecological function. Among the pollinators, bees are the most efficient. Nearly 87 major crops in the world are partially or wholly dependant on these buzzers. Bees visit millions of flowers every day, fly off with the nectar, and deposit them making sure plants reproduce. If they were to take a leave off their tiring schedule, the whole world would suffer.
For some, bees might only be some tireless, annoying flying creatures who’d take every chance to slip into your soda and chase people down the road. Yet, surprisingly, one-third of every plate of food is solely dependant on the same creatures.
Currently, the bee population is disappearing at an alarming rate. The present bee population in the United States is less than half of the population at the time of World War II.
Of the 230 bee species roaming the earth, only a fraction lives in hives. Furthermore, it is extremely difficult for them to adapt to new genetic varieties of plants. Their decline can largely affect main crops such as cocoa, tomatoes, almonds, and apples, according to the reports of the Food and Agricultural Organization. The list doesn’t end here.
Pollination we take for granted is valued between $235B and $577B. This entire contribution is done by bees and if we don’t protect them for the coming years, it’ll have a huge impact on the economy and the entire human race.
Despite the underway debate concerning the disappearance of bees, the culprit is pretty obvious. The increase in the use of pesticides has been found to be directly related to the rapid decline of bees. Though pesticides ensure large produce in a short period of time, their ill effects cannot be left disregarded. The frequent use of pesticides destroys the habitats of not just bees but all insects as a whole.
Moreover, pesticides aren’t the only reason. Various other factors such as random globalization, pollution, and the effect of mobile telephones have parts in the play as well.
According to studies conducted by the Federal Institute of Technology of Switzerland, waves given off by mobile telephones cause disorientation among bees.
It is quite obvious that humans are terrible for the survival of bees. But, ironically, by threatening their lives, we are threatening ours. If we do not prevent bees’ demise, we’re dooming ourselves.
Luckily, all of us can contribute with at least a little effort to prevent this global catastrophe. Even maintaining a garden assists the livelihood of bees. On a larger scale, strict regulations should be imposed on lethal pesticides. Furthermore, people should be encouraged to use natural traditional alternatives which are less harmful to bees and all other insect populations.