July 17, 2014

Scientists flying to the rescue of bees

A world without bees? Don't even consider it! Of course we would miss the products of the hive, such as honey, pollen and beeswax.  But most of all, these super-pollinators are essential to agriculture.  In terms of tonnage, then 35% of what we eat is directly dependent on their silent efforts.  As for diversity, then 84% of cultivated species in Europe, and more than 80% of wild species, make use of their legs and fur to exchange pollen and reproduce themselves.  So would you be prepared to do without the majority of fruits and vegetables?