SpineOut : August - September 2016
Your existence is dependent on bees. Maurice Maeterlinck, a Nobel prize winner, wrote way back in 1901 that, ‘If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.’ All the buzz Cover Story Bees are key pollinators – you might have seen the bright yellow clumps of nectar they collect with a special pocket on their legs. While gathering this sugary substance, pollen becomes stuck to the hairs on their legs, and they spread this from flower to flower, which germinates the seeds. This process is essential to thousands of species of flowering plants and fruit trees. If we were to pay bees for their pollination efforts, their work would be worth a billion dollars per year in the US alone. If bees were to disappear altogether, we’d lose a huge portion of our global food supply. The global bee population is under threat, due to the use of pesticides that either directly kill bees or slowly contaminate hives. Particularly harmful are pesticides that contain ‘neonicotinoids’, a type of chemical similar to nicotine. Scientists around the world are pushing to have these pesticides banned so we can #savethebees and preserve our flowers, food, and future.
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