To bee or not to bee: bees are dying globally at an alarming rate
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EXTINCTION| One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest. Therefore the global decline in bee populations poses a serious threat to a wide variety of plants critical to human well-being and livelihoods, and countries should do more to safeguard our key allies in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
About two-thirds of the crop plants that feed the world rely on pollination by insects or other animals to produce healthy fruits and seeds for human consumption. Pollination benefits human nutrition – enabling not only the production of an abundance of fruits, nuts and seeds, but also more variety and better quality.
Bees and other pollinators are declining in abundance in many parts of the world largely due to intensive farming practices, mono-cropping, excessive use of agricultural chemicals and higher temperatures associated with climate change, affecting not only crop yields but also nutrition. If this trend continues, nutritious crops such as fruits, nuts, and many vegetables will be substituted increasingly by staple crops like rice, corn, and potatoes, eventually resulting in an imbalanced diet.
Last updated on: 4 May 2020
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To Bee or Not Too Bee, 2017
Paint marker on cotton,
50 x 60 cm (19,7 x 23,6 inch)
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