At least according to the famous quote: “If the Bee Disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” There is debate on who actually said this and when, but whether it was Einstein or someone else the fact is that bees are currently dying all around the world. We have all heard reports of dying bee populations otherwise known as “Colony Collapse Disorder”. In the US, for example, around 50,000 bees dropped dead in a suburban shopping center parking lot in the summer of 2013, baffling scientists.
New research shows that the global loss of honey bees is increasingly caused by the use of agricultural pesticides, especially “neonotics” or neonicotinoids. Scientists believe the pesticides contribute to the loss of bees by impairing their ability to feed and weaken their immune systems. But does that mean if bees die humans die?
A World Without Bees
According to the UN over 70% of the worlds crops are pollinated by bees. Meaning without the the hard work of bees, plants wouldn’t be able to fertilize. Basically meaning plants can’t “reproduce” or “bear fruit”. Hence the loss of bees would have devastating effects on the worlds agriculture.
Without pollination many fruits and vegetables would disappear. Can you imagine a world without, apples, strawberries, cucumbers, almonds, blueberries, tomatoes (that means no ketchup or barbeque sauce!!!). No wheat, barley (that means NO BEER), no rice, eggplants, pumpkins, cranberries, no grapes (NO WINE), not to forget no honey and much more.
The sad news is, it’s not only the big farmers using these pesticides. Retailers are selling them to you. There is currently a petition from SumOfUs’ activist beekeepers, demanding Home Depot and Lowe’s (the big retailers) to stop selling the pesticide in the hopes that small retailers and competitors will follow suit.
Every voice counts, and I hope you guys love your strawberries as much as I do. However, big companies will continue to use these pesticides. Research shows it is not only the neonicotinoid pesticides, but a mixture of various pesticides used by the agriculture industry. Luckily more and more people are getting involved and activists are taking the battle to the government level. Such as activists in Ontario who are gathering signatures to urge their government to ban the use of neonictinoid pesticides.
Do you know what is being sprayed in your area? If you love your food and the bees, join the movement. Don’t let the big companies destroy our world. If you have more ideas on how to save the bees please leave a comment below
I don’t know if humans will die if bees die, but I think we all know life without bees would suck! So Bee the Change
For more information check out:
America Aljazeera reports on the loss of honeybee populations.
Death and Extinction of the Bees by the Centre for Research on Globalisation.
Or watch the BBC documentary “What’s Killing Our Bees”