1/3 of our food is directly dependent on insect pollination
Bees have been inhabiting our planet for millions of years. The specimen found inside a small fragment of Amber dates back to 100 Millions of years ago. Together, united in large swarms, impeccably organized, the bees take care of the pollination of the flowers and allow life. 1/3 of our food is directly dependent on insect pollination. In Europe alone, more than 4000 types of vegetables we eat depend on bees.
Unfortunately, bees are in decline, threatened by pesticides, habitat loss, monocultures, parasites, diseases and climate change. But pesticides in particular are a direct risk. If these precious insects disappear, the consequences for food production and the environment would be devastating. Who would pollinate crops? Artificial pollination is a laborious, slow and expensive practice that fails to compensate for the lack of natural pollinators. The value of this service, offered for free by bees worldwide, has been estimated - downwards - at about € 265 billion per year.
If we succeed in eliminating the use of the most dangerous pesticides from agricultural practices, together with habitat loss, and working ever better to reduce climate change, we will stop this process that threatens the survival of bees on our planet. (source: greenpeace.it)
Everyone can help bees and other pollinators: eat local organic food, support local farmers and beekeepers. Try our reusable beeswax food wraps to save and store food safely without the toxic releases from plastic wraps.
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