Decline In The Bee Population


Bees and other pollinators are declining in abundance in many parts of the world largely due to intensive farming practices, mono-cropping, excessive use of pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition lack, air pollution, global warming, and deforestation, and higher temperatures associated with climate change, affecting not only crop yields but also nutrition. In recent years declining bee populations have led to decreased floral reproduction, lower fruit yields, and less biodiversity causing immediate impacts at the lowest levels of the food chain, which also is causing countless other species. Pollination is where insects move pollen from one plant to another, fertilizing the plants so that they can produce fruit, vegetables, seeds and so on. If all the bees went extinct, it would destroy the delicate balance of the Earth’s ecosystem and affect global food supplies. We will be affected by this because bees are pollinators and without them many of the fruits and vegetables that need to be pollinated in order to grow will decrease, declining in the food production industry. In 2013 and 2014, Canadian beekeepers have lost between 15 to 29% of their bees. Ontario seems to be the most affected province with a 58% loss in 2014.