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Madison Riascos, Reporter

Everyone has been buzzing about the endangerment of bees. Bees are on the road to extinction and this could lead to the extinction of humans.

The population of bees has been on a downward spiral. Many people dislike bees, and only think about their buzzing and tendency to sting.  Most people do not think about how effective bees are in our survival.

According to a United Nations sponsored report, “about 75% of the world’s food crops depend at least partly on pollination.” Bees pollinate plants that produce fruit, nuts, and vegetables, which are a crucial for the nation’s food industry.  If bees went extinct, there would be a tremendous decline in the production of crops.  Even though insect pollination is not necessary in crops like rice and wheat, it is not likely for humans to survive by eating solely rice and bread all of their life.  

Science ABC stated, “Herbivores, who depend on certain plant species, will be affected first. They would go extinct if plants ceased to exist. For example, many cattle used for milk and meat depend on alfalfa and lupins, both of which depend on insect pollination. If the cow’s food supply declines, then meat and milk production will decrease. This will seriously affect the human diet.”

They also stated that, “Less production of food crops will ultimately lead to worldwide famine. Hunger and poverty will be very common. Freshwater will start drying up as well as, as there will be less trees for water retention to occur. With less water and diminishing food, humans will die of thirst and starvation. Fertility would also suffer a setback, followed by a drop in the rate of reproduction. Ultimately, we wouldn’t be able to sustain and would be forced into extinction within a few hundred years.”

The United Nations sponsored report found that about 40% of invertebrate pollinator species (such as bees and butterflies) are facing extinction. The decline of bees is due to factors including habitat loss, pesticides, wildfires, and the loss of genetic diversity.

Action has been taken by the protection of the Endangered Species Act, and the rule has been effective since October 31. Hopefully, bees and humanity will live on.

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