The bee crisis: a global matter of life or death

May 8, 2016 0 Comments

May 6: A growing number of bees, butterflies, beetles and other pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction, a two-year study shows.

These species are threatened by diverse pressures, many of them caused by humans, the study, by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, found.

Millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies are at stake, it said.

This is no exaggeration, as nearly 90 percent of wild flowering plants depend to some extent on animal pollination, and 75 percent of the world’s food crops depend at least in part on pollination.

No wonder Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left.