We may have our own views as to what is important in life, but it seems as if bees have the title sewn up when it comes to important creatures.
The EarthWatch Institute came to a surprising conclusion at the last meeting of the Royal Geographical Society of London. They announced that bees are, and with good reason, the most important living being on the planet.
The Science Times estimates that 70% of the world’s agriculture relies on pollination by bees alone. Bees may do many different things, but pollinating plants is by far their most important thing, enabling them to reproduce. Those plants will easily disappear without pollination.
A study conducted with the help of the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA) by the Apiculture Entrepreneurship Center of the Universidad Mayor (CeapiMayor) and the Apiculture Corporation of Chile (Cach) has also come to an interesting conclusion. Bees are the only living thing on earth that doesn’t carry any type of pathogen, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Even though that’s the case, bees are now on the endangered species list with a dramatic decline being shown in the numbers of those insects worldwide. Within the past few years, almost 90% of the bee population has been wiped out.
Uncontrolled use of pesticides is probably the main reason for their decline. You can also blame it on deforestation and a lack of flowers. Activists are now saying that the use of pesticides needs to be stopped immediately and we need to look to more natural agricultural alternatives as we keep a close eye on the health and welfare of bees.