9 hours ago
What If All Bees Went Extinct?
What does this mean for humans? If we’re not careful, we’ll soon find ourselves in a very sticky situation.
Within three months of the last bee dying, crop yields around the world would plummet. Your grocery store would lose half its produce, sending the cost of fruits and vegetables skyward. But you wouldn’t only lose fruits and vegetables, you’d also have to say goodbye to almonds, coconuts, chocolate, and, dare I say it? Coffee.
Without bees, other pollinators like birds, bats, and butterflies would have to pick up the slack, but would they be enough? In an absolute, worst-case scenario, the extinction of bees would cause food chains to collapse. First, plants start dying off because they’re not getting pollinated, and then our favorite herbivores are the next to go. Consider livestock. Almond hulls are considered a high quality and good value feed ingredient for cows and chickens.
So let’s not turn down a good deal. Since the ’60s, the volume of agricultural production that relies on pollinators has gone up 300%. And all it takes for us to keep this kind of growth sustainable is to treat our planet better. So let’s do what we can to keep our world at a normal temperature. Let’s see if we can find safer alternatives than pesticides. Let’s put our trust in some of the natural world’s hardest workers. Because while the little things are often easy to overlook, their impact is hard to ignore.
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