Food Security at Risk as Scientists Discover Flying Insects Suffer 75 Per Decline Over 3 Decades

Scientists Believe Trend is on Course for Ecological Armageddon

The total population of flying instects has decreased by more than 75 per cent over 27 years according to a new study published in October 2017.

With insects pollinating 80 per cent of wild plants and providing food source for 60 per cent of birds, the new finding reveal a shocking and dramatic situation.

The study noted major decline of bees, butterflies, moths and other winged insects across 63 key area.

The wild insects ecosystem is valued at nearly $60 billion annually, alone in the United States.

The new study, published in PLOS ONE, revealed that between 1989 and 2016, the total number of flying insect biomass had collapsed by a whopping 76 percent, with mid-summer figures, revealing a collapse of up to 82 percent.

The scientists believe the use of pesticides, fertilizers and year-round tillage, could be a “plausible cause” for the dramatic decline.

Adding that with insects making up about two thirds of all life of earth, the trend of decline is on course for “ecological Armageddon”.

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