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COFFEE, CHEESE AND CLOTHING: JUST A FEW ESSENTIAL ITEMS THAT WILL BE IMPACTED BY COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER.
To add to the build up of knowledge surrounding declining bee populations, Colony Collapse Disorder and possible solutions - take the time to watch this educational video from the creative folks at asapSCIENCE.
There's something strangely calming about the style of these hand drawn videos, plus they manage to fit in so much information in just under 3.5 minutes. The video highlights some of the potential reasons for the decline in bee populations as well as the issues that would result if the bees were to disappear for good. Agricultural industries would take a big hit as bees play a crucial role in the production of 70% of the fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts consumed daily, which translates to a whopping $200 billion in global agriculture revenue. And that's just the start of the supply chain.
In short - bees impact our lives in so many ways, a lot more than we may realise. From the foods we eat and the clothing we wear, to the mattresses we sleep on - bees play a vital role in pollinating the natural sources of those everyday items that can be so easily taken for granted. Maybe ABBA was trying to warning us about something in 1974 with the lyrics "Honey honey, nearly kill me, ah-hah, honey honey."
So what would happen if bees became extinct? Well, it wouldn't necessarily be the end of humanity but it would certainly be the end to humanity as we know it. Besides, how can you not want to help save the bees, they are just so darn adorable.
[Header Image: Riccardo Meneghini]
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