“Save the bees!” It turns out that this slogan is quite relevant, even if it seems funny to you. Bees actually have a significant impact on our lives. If suddenly they all die out, humanity would lose 10 very important things.
1. Supply of food
It goes without saying that bees are an important part of the process of pollination. We just do not even know how important it is. Think of apples, bananas, avocados and corn. Bees are the main pollinators of these crops. This means that about two thirds of our food depends directly on the bees.
2. Coffee industry
In addition to fruits and vegetables, bees are also the primary pollinators for coffee. Thus, without bees, coffee consumption would decrease, and the industry would lose its profitability. At first it seems like a trifle: they say, caffeine is not an urgent human need, and without coffee world hunger wouldn’t come. However, a huge “piece” of the industry is precisely in the production and sale of coffee. Without bees, this global coffee empire would collapse, leaving hundreds of thousands of people out of work around the world.
Bees are pollinators of pumpkins, and they are most often grown in small farms. The loss of harvest would be a heavy blow, but you can survive it. But for the Halloween industry, where 170 million consumers spend about 850 million dollars annually on their lanterns, the absence of pumpkins would be a huge loss of profits. No pumpkins – no Halloween.
4. Clothing industry
Cotton is the most popular material: 60% of women’s clothing and 75% of men’s clothes has cotton as the main material. As you may have guessed, bees are responsible for pollination of cotton. Thus, without bees, this cash crop of $ 2 billion would disappear and people would lose the comfort of jeans and T-shirts.
5. Nut industry
Bees are important for the cultivation of many types of nuts, including almonds and cashews. The world’s largest almond company occupies 80% of the world market share. In fact, the “demand for bees” is so high that the almond industry worth $ 3 billion without them would collapse. If bees had disappeared, not only world production of nuts would go bankrupt, many micro-businesses in developing regions would also collapse.
6. Biofuel industry
A promising trend in the renewable energy sector is biofuel, actually made from various plants. This new technology is capable of revolutionizing the fuel industry. Many biofuels usually include ingredients pollinated by bees. One of the most striking examples is canola fuel. But, of course, canola oil can not exist without bees, so if the bees die, the biofuel industry die.
7. Cargo transportation
In most countries, there is a high demand for the transport of food products. How does this relate to bees? If the bees died out, we would lose 70% of our most common products. And this will also have consequences for all industries related to the supply of food, including freight. The extinction of bees would be an expensive loss, given jobs and incomes associated only with the transportation of food.
8. Meat Industry
Four things are needed to grow cattle: roughage, grain, oilseeds and by-products. Rough forage (corn and wheat) – plants self-pollinating. By-products can be made from any nutrient. But oilseeds (canola and sunflower) without bees are not pollinated and without vegetable protein, animals can not grow up healthy and “full-size.”
9. World economy
All parts of the world are the same and even more dependent on bees. In many parts of Latin America, the sale of bananas supports the economy. In Asia, the main agricultural products are cotton, oilseeds and fruits. The African economy lives on unique types of fruits and vegetables, as well as agricultural products. All these cultures are pollinated by bees and would be killed with bees.
10. The human race
All these large-scale negative consequences sound uncomfortable, and some skeptics even raise the issue of the survival of people without bees. Most likely their disappearance will not lead to the extinction of homo sapiens like, say, mammoths, but this will cause economic difficulties and, perhaps, hunger all over the planet. In fact, scientists believe that bees are the most valuable species on the entire planet, perhaps even more valuable than fungi, plankton, bats and even primates. A world without bees would surely come to the brink of catastrophe.