If bees became extinct, we would lose a lot more than honey. The extinction of our little friend the honeybee would be detrimental for mankind. In fact, Einstein said five years after the loss of the bee, so go mankind. Here in, America we have yet to feel the sting of the loss of the honeybee, however, Japan has had to use feathers to pollinate their plants for the past couple of years due to their lack of natural pollinators.
The BBC reported that out of the world’s 100 main staple crops, approximately 70 of them require pollination. One third or 30 % of everything we eat is a product of pollination. Without bees even products such as beef, that do not rely directly on pollination would be gone. Grains, specifically alfalfa, that is used to feed the cattle is dependent on our little friend, the bee. Of course, bees are not the only pollinators in the game. The wind, along with other creatures such as butterflies, wasps, and beetles are also responsible for helping to maintain the production of our favorite foods. However, plants such as cherry trees are 90?pendent on bees in order to yield a harvest.
The fruits and vegetables pollinated by the bees contributes $170 billion to the economy each year. Many products such as candles, lip balms and moisturizers are all derived from bee products. Bees are responsible for the pollination of 1/6 of the plant species around the world as well as approximately 400 different types of agricultural plants.
Bees are responsible for many more products than just what we eat. Without bees there would be no flowers or possibly even no meadows. Bee venom, honey and royal jelly have all shown to decrease the growth and spreading in tumors, according to the journal of Science Food and Agriculture. Bee venom is also currently being used in the treatment of lime disease. Humans are not the only animals that rely on the bee’s pollination of plants for food source.
If we do nothing to help while our friend the honeybee continues to suffer and die, we will be facing a rather bleak world. If somehow Einstein is wrong and we do survive the extinction of the bee, it will be in a world with limited flowers, clean air to breathe, limited food and agricultural products around the world with an even more depressed global economy. Unless we do our part and stand up by stopping neonicotides and join together to create an earth friendly world.