The Royal Geographic Society declared at a meeting in London recently that bees are the most valuable species in the world, along with the revelation that if the bee becomes extinct, so do we.
Because bees cannot be replaced, their importance to mankind is invaluable. Flowering plants and bees have one of the most co-dependent relationships in nature, which is responsible for the incredible diversity of the ecosystem and animals on our planet.
There are as many as 20,000 different bee species, and an eye-watering 75% of the crops that we produce for human consumption are cultivated because of bees. Therefore, any decline in the bee population would affect the growth of crops like almonds, apples, and coffee, plus many more.
Some of the biggest reasons why bees are in danger of being exterminated are pesticides and deforestation. The need as a society to continue to sustain the ever-growing population means that we have had to take shortcuts and use methods that are harmful to the environment. This has, in turn, led to a steep reduction in the world’s bee population.
These aren’t the only things having a negative impact on bees. Pathogens and pests are more easily transmitted around the world now than ever before, due to globalisation. What’s more, the radio waves that are created by telephones have also interfered with bees, as has been shown by a number of researchers.
Completely banning pesticides and using natural alternatives is essential to help keep the bee population alive. Farmers need to be aware of how vital pollination is to the cultivation of crops, and how nothing can replace this – not even pesticides.
The more we work together to preserve sustainable farming practices, the longer our bee population will have.