Many people just like to swat at the bees around their food because they are afraid of them. But bees are crucial to the world’s survival. What would happen if all bees went extinct?
Without bees, humans would lose almost half of the food we eat everyday. Bees are responsible for pollination. Some of the pollinated plants include almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupes, cashews, coffee, cranberries, cucumbers, eggplants, grapes, kiwis, mangoes, okra, peaches, pears, peppers, strawberries, tangerines, walnuts and watermelons.
If anyone has seen “Bee Movie” it has a scene that describes what the world would look like without pollination. In this scene, all the bees go on strike and do not work and it shows what the gardens would look like with no pollination.
If the entire world had no pollination it would affect our other food groups as well. There would be higher prices and fewer available products. It would also include less feed for dairy cows. This means that most of the population would not have access to cows for their dairy and meat.
So what can we do?
First, we can stop swatting at bees and poisoning them. We can’t have pollination if we don’t have enough bees.
Also, we can garden more. Plant some flowers around your neighborhood so that bees have the access to more nectar. A great example is city rooftop gardens. These bring the flowers to urban areas and bring in healthier environments for the bees.
Learn more from Tedx about how the bees are disappearing from the planet we call home.
Stop swatting, happy planting!