Where have all the bees gone?
"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe
then man would only have four years of life left.
No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants,
no more animals, no more man."
Many people don't realize the vital role bees play in maintaining a balanced eco-system.
According to experts, if bees were to become extinct then humanity would perish after just four years.
Bees are especially valued for the important role they play in pollinating crops.
Three-quarters of the world's 250,000 flowering plants - including many fruits and vegetables - require pollination to reproduce.
Domesticated honey bee hives can be placed wherever and whenever they are needed, and many beekeepers rent their bees, moving colonies several times during the season to help growers pollinate almonds, apples, blueberries, peaches, strawberries, and other crops.
Once, abundant wild bees colonies provided a measure of pollination security for fruit and vegetable growers.
Today, wild honey bees are nonexistent in many areas. Homeowners have reported a near-absence of honey bees in their gardens.
The alarming decline in bee populations across the United States and Europe represents a potential ecological apocalypse, an environmental catastrophe that could collapse the food chain and wipe out humanity.
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