Bees Keep on Bumbling
Many of us find bees irritating and think that all they do is sting people but this could not be further from the truth. In actual fact, bees play a very important role in our environment.
At the moment the bee population is declining. The main causes for this are industrial agriculture, parasites and pathogens and climate change. If bees become extinct then that would be extremely bad for humans.
It is said that out of 100 crop species that provide us with 90% of our food, 70% are pollinated by bees which means no bees equals no food. According to the BBC, honey bees are responsible for $30 billion a year in crops. We could loose all the plants that the bees pollinate which would then lead to us loosing all the animals that eat those plants and so on up the food chain.
If bees become extinct then we will loose so many of our favourite foods and we would be stuck with an exceptionally boring and bland diet. Some of the foods that we would not be able to eat anymore are:
- kidney beans
The foods listed above are only a tiny amount of the ones we wouldn’t be able to eat. A lack of food crops would soon create a famine across the whole world. Water would also begin to dry up because there will be less trees for water retention to happen. In general, we would have great difficulty trying to sustain ourselves.
Also, cotton would not be able to grow without bees which means that clothes would be way more expensive. Not only that, we would also hardly have any clothes to choose from since there would not be enough materials to make the clothes.
In addition to this, the cosmetics industry would also have a huge crisis if bees became extinct. So many cosmetics companies depend on honey as an essential ingredient for their products, particularly for skincare and natural cosmetics. Companies would have to make prices higher and higher until they eventually would be forced to stop making their products. This means that you would have to wave goodbye to your favourite moisturisers and lip balms.
Some small things that you can do to help bees include planting bee-friendly flowers and herbs in your garden, not using chemicals and pesticides to treat your garden, buying local and raw honey, keeping fresh water outside your house for thirsty bees, buy local food, realise that bees aren’t out to attack you and inform others about how to save the bees.
Bees truly are extremely important and they are in danger of going extinct. Everyone needs to understand how bad this issue is. Small changes can make a big difference. We need to save the bees.
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