"Without insect pollination, about one third of the crops we eat would have to be pollinated by other means, or they would produce significantly less food."
- Greenpeace International
SituationBees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems. A third of all our food depends on their pollination. A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production.
Who would pollinate all the crops? Hand-pollination is extremely labour-intensive, slow and expensive. The economic value of bees’ pollination work has been estimated around € 265 billion annually, worldwide. So, also from a purely economic point of view, it pays to protect the bees.
As their name indicates, these are chemicals designed to kill insects, and they are widely applied in the environment, mostly around cropland areas.
The main reasons for global bees-decline are industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens and climate change. The loss of biodiversity, destruction of habitat and lack of forage due to monocultures and bee-killing pesticides are particular threats for honeybees and wild pollinators. It is becoming increasingly evident that some insecticides, at concentrations applied routinely in the current chemical-intensive agriculture system, exert clear, negative effects on the health of pollinators – both individually and at the colony level. The observed, sub-lethal, low-dose effects of insecticides on bees are various and diverse.
Ecological farming is the only solution for the global pollinators- and agriculture crisis.
There is an urgent need to stop chemical-intensive industrial agriculture and to shift towards ecological farming. Ecological farming ensures healthy farming and healthy food for today and tomorrow by protecting soil, water and climate, and promotes biodiversity. It does not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs like synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers nor genetically engineered organisms.
Ecological farming is feasible and already practiced on a large geographic scale within Europe. This is the essence of a comprehensive Greenpeace-study (link) which incorporates current scientific knowledge on ecological farming and the practical experience of farmers, scientists (link) and eco-entrepreneurs (link) championing modern ecological agriculture across Europe.
Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat.
Honey bees — wild and domestic — perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.
And they're in danger of going extinct. Once the bees go, so does our global ecosystem.
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