It is undoubtedly a well-known fact that the pollination carried out by bees is a “can’t-do-without” when it comes to plant reproduction. A massive 75% of the pollination of crops in the entire world is entirely dependent on bees, as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states. However, the issue at hand concerning bees is their rapid death, where according to sources 500 million bees have died in Brazil within only three months. Well, the impact this situation is going to leave on the world’s food production needs not to be mentioned.
Researchers have been collecting data from December 2018 to February 2019, and the four Brazilian states that have been found where bees have been dying are the Rio Grande do Sul (400 million), São Paulo (7 million ), Santa Catarina (50 million), and Mato Grosso do Sul (45 million).
Aldo Machado, the vice president of Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul beekeeping association further stated that the healthy bees get contaminated in trying to remove the dying bees out of the hives, resulting in the death of bees in masses.
Apparently, the cause of this catastrophe is the use of pesticides, triggered by the approval of around 300 new pesticides in January by the Brazilian government. A common insecticide found in the traces of these bees is fipronil, used for removing fleas and ticks, and to top it all, it is also considered a human carcinogen, questioning the suitability of the crops treated with this pesticide, for human consumption.
So the question remains, isn’t it already time that humans thought about both bees and themselves?
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