Endangered Bees Can Lead to Global Food Crisis

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In the United States and Central Europe, half of hives collapsed completely. In Norway, 12 bee species have been extinct and dozens of the country’s 200 species are threatened, writes TV2.

– There is a dramatic situation, says researcher Frode Ødegaard at Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).

If trends continue, it could lead to a global food crisis. But now scientists believe to have found the answer to this frightening situation. A pesticide that is highly prevalent in agriculture worldwide has killed billions of bees. Norway and the EU have now introduced emergency ban on the use of the drug. Ødegård hope it helps, or so the world could be an unpleasant place.

Researcher Ødegård is concerned about the development and believes that theree might be a global crisis in relation to the food situation.

– Then we will have a society dominated by rats and cockroaches, and people. It would not been so pleasant, says the researcher.

Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are the major type of pollinator in ecosystems that contain flowering plants. Bees either focus on gathering nectar or on gathering pollen depending on demand, especially in social species. Bees gathering nectar may accomplish pollination, but bees that are deliberately gathering pollen are more efficient pollinators. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees, especially the domesticated European honey bee.

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