Decline of Species That Pollinate Poses a Threat to Global Food Supply, Report Warns Many pollinator species are facing extinction, including some 16 percent of vertebrates like birds and bats. nytimes.com|By John Schwartz

“The birds and the bees need help. Also, the butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles and bats. Without an international effort, a new report warns, increasing numbers of species that promote the growth of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of food each year face extinction.

The first global assessment of the threats to creatures that pollinate the world’s plants was released by a group affiliated with the United Nations on Friday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The summary will be posted online Monday.

Pollinators, including some 20,000 species of wild bees, contribute to the growth of fruit, vegetables and many nuts, as well as flowering plants. Plants that depend on pollination make up 35 percent of global crop production volume with a value of as much as $577 billion a year. The agricultural system, for which pollinators play a key role, creates millions of jobs worldwide.”

Many pollinator species are facing extinction, including some 16 percent of vertebrates like birds and bats, according to the document.
nytimes.com|By John Schwartz

1 thought on “Decline of Species That Pollinate Poses a Threat to Global Food Supply, Report Warns Many pollinator species are facing extinction, including some 16 percent of vertebrates like birds and bats. nytimes.com|By John Schwartz

  1. from comments after the article: Joan Atlanta 1 day ago

    I am a former beekeeper in Georgia. It became evident about 6 years ago that it was impossible to raise honey bees here. Hives that had been healthy despite nearby crop spraying and invasive mite species, began to fail and die off.
    What changed?
    The widespread introduction of neonicotinoids into crop production. These chemicals travel throughout plants into the nectar and pollen, which are the honey bees sustenance.
    I have also noticed greatly reduced numbers of wild bees and dragonflies.
    In 10 years, unless there is an honest discussion and removal of the threat, there will be no bees, wild or otherwise, and no dragonflies, birds, amphibians, or food chain.
    Our cowardice, whistling past the graveyard and happy talk in the face of bee decline & corporate greed will be rewarded by a very final “silent Spring.”

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