VANISHING BEES THREATEN FOOD SUPPLY AS 70% OF WORLD’S 100 MOST IMPORTANT FOOD PLANTS ARE DEPENDENT ON THEM

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OMG save the honey bees they are too cute to lose.

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By Bob Handfield – Penticton Western News

What do cherries, kiwi fruit, cashews, watermelon, cucumbers, squash, apples, avocados and raspberries have in common, besides being edible? They all require bees for pollination to produce the food that we eat from these plants. Of course, these aren’t the only food plants that require pollination — the list is extensive, with the UN estimating that 70 of the world’s 100 most important food plants are dependent on cross-pollination by bees. Further, it is estimated that up to 90 per cent of wild plants require bees for pollination.

 

For centuries farmers in Europe and North America never worried about their crops being pollinated — every spring the bees showed up on schedule, and for those areas where bees weren’t naturally plentiful, there were beekeepers who rented out their hives.

 However, that all began to change about 15 years ago in Europe…

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