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Top 10 Things That Would Happen if BEES DIED OUT

October 31, 2016

In the 1990s, beekeepers started recording major losses of worker honeybees during the winter months. Since then, there have been mass die offs in many of the other 4,000 species of bees. In 2006, the phenomenon was bestowed with the name colony collapse disorder. No one is exactly sure why the bees are dying off in unprecedented numbers, but some theories include the loss of flower meadows, varroa mites that eat the bees’ blood, climate change, and the use of pesticides. Thankfully, bees are a long way from becoming extinct. Which is good, because as this list shows, it could be disastrous for humanity.

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10. Honey Will Disappear
9. Many Fruits and Vegetables Will Stop Growing
8. Pollination by Humans
7. Dairy Products Would Disappear
6. Cotton Wouldn’t Grow
5. What Will We Eat in a Post-Bee World?
4. Food Costs Will Sky Rocket
3. Malnutrition Will Be a Huge Problem
2. Possible Worldwide Economic Crash
1. Famines Throughout the World

Source/Further reading:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/11/11/humans-have-relied-on-honeybees-for-nearly-9000-years-and-now-theyre-mysteriously-declining/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/honeybees-food-colony-collapse-disorder_us_56393631e4b0b24aee47fee9
http://www.medicaldaily.com/liquid-gold-7-health-benefits-honey-could-heal-your-whole-body-325932
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37731#.V8b-nZgrLZY
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140502-what-if-bees-went-extinct
http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/we-all-get-stung-by-bee-colony-collapse/1108/
https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/5193-Decline-of-bees-forces-China-s-apple-farmers-to-pollinate-by-hand
https://books.google.ca/books?id=6WQrAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA38&dq=dairy%20cows%20almond%20hulls%20and%20alfalfa%20hay&pg=PA38#v=onepage&q=dairy%20cows%20almond%20hulls%20and%20alfalfa%20hay&f=false
http://www.tvsp.org/feed.html
http://www.abc.net.au/site-archive/rural/news/content/201302/s3688449.htm
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/05/almonds-now-require-85-percent-us-beehives
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ceah/ncahs/nahms/dairy/dairy07/Dairy2007_PartII.pdf
http://www.pollinationecology.org/index.php?journal=jpe&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=259
http://cottonaustralia.com.au/australian-cotton/basics/uses-of-cotton
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/10/farmer-eaten-by-hungry-hogs/
http://articles.latimes.com/2001/feb/23/entertainment/ca-28979
https://books.google.ca/books?id=Sw9tCgAAQBAJ&lpg=PP12&dq=Modern%20Livestock%20%26%20Poultry%20Production&pg=PA675#v=onepage&q&f=false

Issue Brief: Maintaining Honey Bee Health and Reversing Colony Collapse Disorder


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/21/bees-buzzfeeds-pesticides-food-prices
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/honeybees-food-colony-collapse-disorder_us_56393631e4b0b24aee47fee9
http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2011/013070/nceas-working-group-produces-study-showing-how-vitamins-and-minerals-fruits-and
https://psmag.com/would-you-really-die-without-bees-to-pollinate-your-food-8264e6a7f33#.fl1qo8f2u
http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/cotton-wool.aspx#.UappautAuwY
http://www.dairy.org/for-consumers/farming
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/07/this-could-be-the-biggest-case-of-treason-involving-cheese-there-ever-was/
http://www.usda.gov/nass/PUBS/TODAYRPT/cropan16.pdf
http://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2014/05/07/mondelez-to-take-bigger-sip-of-81b-global-coffee-industry-with-de-master-joint-venture/#7d8f0b2b3c14
http://www.iugg2015prague.com/list-of-developing-countries.htm
http://www.farmafrica.org/ethiopia/forest-coffee
http://www.probat.com/fileadmin/user_upload/Files/1st_Probat-Day_Indonesia/20141107_AICE_Irfan-Anwar.pdf
http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulrodgers/2014/09/09/einstein-and-the-bees-should-you-worry/#7b906d3310c5
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140502-what-if-bees-went-extinct

 

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