Are Bees Linked to the Survival of the Human Race (Video)

by Laura

Bees are dying, and studies have linked the survival of the human race to this insect. Two studies generated strong evidence that pesticides are destroying the bee colonies.

Ordinary household pesticides sprayed on farmers fields and around private gardens are threatening the survival of bees. Subjected to pesticides causes the pollen gathering bees to get lost on their way home.

The results of two separate studies concluded the bumblebee growth decelerated from the exposure to pesticide chemicals. The foraging honeybees died away from the hive due to the chemical exposure. The insecticide containing Neonicotinoid introduced in the last 50 years is the most commonly used pesticide. This insecticide is used to manage a variety of pest and sap-feeding insects. This pesticide is different to contact chemicals and the toxin remains on the plant for several weeks and protects the crop or flowers longer.



Bumblebees are in danger, and several species have disappeared in North America. Three bee species have become extinct in the United Kingdom. The northern hemisphere countries are widely affected with the continued decline of bee colonies.

Bees and honeybees in particular pollinate almost half of the food supply and it are a known fact that pollination is essential for the reproduction of plants for the bees. Bees feed on pollen and nectar produced by plants. The female bee collects pollen to feed their larvae. As the bee flies, from flower to flower, some of the collected pollen from previous plants falls on other flowers and these results in cross-pollination.

The honeybee is the main pollinator of a huge amount of food crops, including apples, cherries, sunflowers and most crops depend on the bee for pollination. It is not about the honey production, it is the pollination importance to the food supply.

The honeybee pollination service supplied for is important for the world food production. Crops need to be pollinated otherwise this will result in the crop not growing. The importance of pollination of crops is the ability to maintain a sufficient food supply for the world. There is no substitute for the work the honeybee does, and if the bees disappear, this could create a significant decrease in the food supply.



Bees have a significant role in ensuring the survival of humanity and humans are responsible for protecting the survival of the bees. Bee pollination of crops does have an impact on the human species and the study revealed that crops benefit from pollination.

Bees are in trouble; their existence is in danger and is not able to live naturally in the wild. There are several reasons for the bees' disappearance, and the most vital reason is the loss of their food sources. There is continuous development around the world by turning rural land into shopping malls, housing and thereby reducing the flower source bees feed on.

The pesticide sprayed on the flowers, crops make it difficult for bees to gather nectar and pollen. The adverse affect of agriculture practices and farming pesticides are killing the bees. Another detrimental effect is the Varroa mite, an external parasite that plagues bees. This mite attaches itself to the bee, sucks the blood from the bee, weakens, and shortens the life span.

Farmers in the United States have resorted to renting beehives from commercial beekeepers to ensure pollination continues.

The role of the bee in the world’s food production and their rapid disappearance is a problem. The human species depends on the survival of the bee and as Albert Einstein said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

Updated: 06/22/2014, Laura
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