Scientists working for the United Nations report that the mysterious collapse of the world’s honey bee population has spread to Asia and Africa.
The authors include some of the world’s leading honey bee experts and the findings amount to a stark warning for humanity as honey bees are crucial crop pollinators around the globe. A number of factors are thought to be contributing to the problem including:
- transformation of the coutryside and rural areas over the last 50 years or so
- loss of flowering plants, and other habitat
- use of damaging insecticides
- air pollution – scents that once travelled 800 metres in the 1800s now travel just 200 metres.
- parasites and pests
Society is investing heavily in ‘industrial hives’ but we need to better manage the landscape in order to help wild bee populations recover. Achim Stiener, UN Environmental Programme director said, “The way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets will define our collective futures. We have fabricated the illusion that we have the technological prowess to be independent of nature. Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world approaching seven billion people.”
As Malachi warns, our actions now will determine if humanity will ‘be or not be’ that is the question?