Emma Smith Explores The Critical Role Bees Have For The Well-being Of Our Ecosystems. Would The World Really Stop Without Bees?
Photo by Damien Tupinier
It’s almost inconceivable to think that life-as-we-know-it would severely deteriorate if bees were to disappear. Although these black and yellow furry insects might not seem extraordinary at first glance, their place within the ecosystem is highly valuable. The sight of a bee should be welcomed, even more so now, as they are reported to have recently entered into extinction risk.
Last year the Earthwatch Institute determined that the bee is the most important living being on the planet.
Bees possess many unique benefits that keep our environment functioning. Studies have determined that bees are the only living creature that does not carry pathogens, making it impossible for them to spread viruses and disease.
The agriculture industry depends on 70% of these insects. If it weren’t for bee pollen, farmers would not profit. Bees transfer their pollen between flowering plants, which allow them to reproduce and grow as food for animals to feed on, keeping the food chain ticking. The services that bees and other pollinators provide is worth £691 million a year in the UK, regarding the value of the crops harvested. If bees were to die out, hundreds of thousands of jobs and livelihoods would vanish.