What the Death of Bees Means for the World
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It’s become well-known that honeybees are dying out at an alarming and devastating pace. Although there are many causes for this epidemic, one of the major factors is a widely-used type of pesticide that is partially responsible for the rapid decline of the bee population. This type of pesticide (called neonicotinoids) poisons not only the bee who comes in contact with it, but the entire bee colony. In just one decade, the bee population has been decimated, reduced to two thirds of its original size. Europe and Australia have outlawed the use of certain pesticides in an effort to stop the decline of honeybees, but the U.S. has not yet taken any such measures, and the bee populations continue to plummet. Pesticides are only one part of the problem, however, as certain types of parasites have also been linked to high death rates of honeybees within the U.S.
The loss of bee populations and possible future endangerment is even more distressing when one considers what it could mean for humanity. Bees are crucial to the survival of the human race, as they play an extraordinarily large part in producing the fruits and vegetables that keep us alive on a daily basis. In fact, one out of every three bites of food eaten depends on these creatures, our biggest pollinators. Bees are vital to our ecosystem, being absolutely essential to the food chain. The possible endangerment of bees could mean devastating effects on the world food supply, leading to severe food shortages worldwide. The loss of bees is urgent and should be treated as such, otherwise we will be facing a very dire crisis in the not too distant future.