Bees, biodiversity, and agriculture


Bees are crucial to the survival of our species. Why? Because bees pollinate the crops where our food grows. Yes, there are other pollinators, but bees are responsible for 80% of worldwide pollination.

Bees pollinate around 70 crop species that, include fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Also, many of the plants that bees pollinate are used to make animal feed for cows, sheep, and pigs, as well as common fish foods used by commercial fish farms; these contain oilseed rape, soya bean, and lupine. Can you guess which species pollinate them? That’s right, bees.

Why do we need to worry about it? Well, in 2019, researchers from CEH (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) Reported that the geographic range of bees declined by a quarter between 1980 and 2013.

The use of neonicotinoid insecticides in crop fields is to blame for this decline; fortunately, they were banned in 2013 in the United Kingdom, which resulted in a rise of 12% in wild species.

However, the steep decline of bees across the globe continues as the harmful pesticides that affect them are still used in many regions.

If money is all that matters for this capitalist society, it is worth considering that the economic worth for agriculture of the pollination labor of the bees and other pollinators is 265,000 million euros. So, protecting bees is profitable.

Efforts need to be made worldwide to prohibit the use of toxic products for bees, and that continues to be used. It is necessary to implement comprehensive action plans to save the bees.

The ultimate solution is the adoption of ecological agriculture, as it is the only way to continue to produce food while respecting the lives of all species on the planet.

By protecting the soil, the water, and the weather, ecologic agriculture guarantees healthy and sustainable production and promotes biodiversity as it doesn’t pollute the environment with agrochemicals or GMOs.

By consuming organic products, we encourage the preservation of the environment, and our food has better quality, and producing it strengthens local communities.

If you like honey, consume organic honey and support the preservation efforts worldwide to protect bees and the food supply of humankind.

Taking action is always challenging, but it cannot be postponed any longer; bees and the world as we know it is in danger.

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