Three out of four foods we consume—from coffee and chocolate to apples and almonds—rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies. And 40% of those insect pollinators are now at risk of extinction.
In the first-ever global report on pollinators, researchers from around the world spent two years looking at 3,000 studies on the decline of bees, beetles, butterflies, bats, birds, and others.
The problem is happening everywhere. “This isn’t something that’s just impacting say, honeybees in the United States,” says Berry Brosi, a biologist and ecologist from Emory University and one of 77 international experts who worked on the assessment for the United Nations. “It’s impacting vertebrate and invertebrate, managed and wild pollinators, and pollinators in really every geographic region that we’ve looked at.”