Our crops are strongly dependent on pollinators, mostly by honey bees and these are dying off at an alarming rate.
The Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon that sees bees getting confused and not returning to their hives or simply dying off in the wild. This leaves behind a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen.
The problem is serious and ongoing. Every winter, for nearly a decade, an average of 31 percent have been dying and in 2015 a whopping 42 percent of U.S. bee colonies collapsed.
Bees are responsible for the pollination of approximately one third of the United States’ crop species, including such species as almonds, peaches, apples, pears, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and strawberries. In Europe there is a similar tendency.
On a global level, honeybees perform some level of pollination of nearly 75% of all plant species directly used for human food worldwide. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) estimates that out of around 100 crop species, which provide 90% of the world’s food, some 71 are bee-pollinated.
Whilst experts and governments around the globe debate on the causes, the threats are much more relevant and indisputable.
The loss of bees could begin a price war in the pollination industry, resulting in growers being forced to pay higher rent prices for bee colonies and with less crop yields, prices for a lot of food would increase.
With around 795 million people in the world chronically malnourished, you can work out the impacts of such price increases.
Certain crops may also become a thing of the past as crops see their ability to reproduction affected.
The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans
Although the general focus is usually always on the use of pesticides, general pollution and other contamination or radiation may also be at play here – no need to say that no official study has gone near such explorations.