The reason for the decline in bee populations is complex – lack of wildflower meadows, increasing mono-cultures in agricultural practice and the use of pesticides and neonicitinoids, as well as viruses that wipe out bee colonies all reputedly affect the population of bees in Europe and beyond.
Video: Bees Needs – Food and a Home. Credit to DEFRA.
1 in 3 bites of food we eat
…is made possible by bees and other pollinators, who spread the pollen that crops and food need to grow. The rest are pollinated by the wind, but without bee and insect pollination the variety of food we eat will be seriously reduced.
So, without bees there’s no
…pizza (tomatoes are pollinated by bees), or apples, chocolate, coffee, almonds and – naturally – honey. Meat and dairy products would also be limited since many animals are fed on alfalfa which is also pollinated by bees. Cheese on toast would be just – toast! Blueberry muffin would be just – crumbs!
Food costs would most likely rise as a response to scarcity and cost of production. Even now fruit trees are pollinated by hand in China – a costly and unsustainable way of producing our favourite – and healthy – fruits.