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10 Unobvious Consequences of Bee Extinction

Back in the early 1990s, beekeepers noted the mass death of worker bees, especially intense in the cold season.

Two decades later, not only has the situation not gotten any better, but it has gotten even worse – there are frequent cases of bee families being destroyed in Europe and America. What would happen to our planet if absolutely all bees became extinct? Here are 10 consequences that may not seem directly related to bee extinction, but are catastrophic.

1. Honey will disappear

The most logical outcome. Bees give us a kind of superfood, rich in trace minerals and vitamins, as well as byproducts like wax, borax, bee-bees, bee-bee venom, royal jelly, and others. We eat honey instead of sugar, put it in our teas, use it as medicine, and use it in cosmetology. Having lost the source of obtaining a delicacy – teddy bees, we will be left without a unique non-synthetic product by its properties.

2. Some crops will cease to grow

Townspeople and people who are simply not interested in the subject are unaware of the huge number of plants pollinated by bees. Approximately one hundred plants make up 90 percent of the planet’s food diversity, and 70 of these species are pollinated by these hard-working insects. Imagine no juicy apples, no fat avocados, no sweet grapes and peaches, and watermelons… And yes, no coffee either.

3. People will pollinate the plants themselves.

The need for hand pollination is especially acute in China right now, where there is a total shortage of bees. But in the long term, other world republics will face the same need. But not every plant species can be pollinated artificially, and not to the fullest extent. A bucket and a brush for pollination will not give even one percent close to the work of bees.

4. There will be no dairy products

How are milk and honey related, you ask? Think about what cows, goats, and other meat and dairy livestock eat. Grass and concentrated feeds alone are not enough for them. They need, for example, alfalfa, which is pollinated exclusively by bees. Unbalanced nutrition of animals will provoke a deterioration in the quality and quantity of dairy products received from them, the need for drug stimulation.

Perhaps there is a chance to replace animal milk with plant milk. But if we remember that, for example, buckwheat is also pollinated by bees, it becomes clear: the option with buckwheat or other non-animal milk is doubtful. 

5. The variety of food will become less

All of these consequences will cause our food basket to become poorer. Of course, the foundation of the diet will not change: pigs and chickens do not need the feed associated with pollinated plants, wheat, soybeans, rice, and corn yield without pollination (so so soy milk will still be available). Tomatoes and potatoes and carrots need very little pollination at all. But there will be a significant problem with fruit and berry crops.

6. The price of products will rise

This outcome logically follows from the previous ones. Scarcity always generates demand, and therefore soaring prices. In 2012, in Scotland, a third of honeybees died during the winter, triggering an unprecedented increase in the cost of honey and other related products.

7. A nutritional imbalance will emerge

Honey provides our body with a huge reserve of essential nutrients, being perfectly digestible and suitable even when one cannot eat granulated sugar. B vitamins, vitamins C, E, K, and carotene are only a small part of the nutrients found in honey. But many species of plants, the vitamin and mineral composition of which was also incredibly valuable for our organs and systems, will also disappear. Lack of nutrition leads to loss of strength, the collapse of our body’s immune defenses, and disease.

8. Cotton is gone

Much of what you and I are wearing now is made of cotton. Underwear, jeans, T-shirts… The pollinated cotton, along with the disappearance of bees, will disappear in whole plantations. Yes, there is a synthetic replacement: polyester, but just imagine how much it would cost if polyester were the only option?

9. The collapse of the world economy is coming.

That’s right: the death of a little bee can take a toll on a wide variety of industries. The butterfly or bee effect is at work here, in that even the smallest and seemingly insignificant event leads to a series of uncontrollable, fatal changes.

The food and cotton industries will be the first to feel the damage. Losses will be measured in hundreds of billions of dollars across the globe.

10. Hunger will no longer be a Third World problem

This problem is still relevant today, but after the disappearance of bees and the subsequent chain of other changes will become more acute than ever before. This is due as much to economic damage and inflation as to food shortages and the redistribution of resources in favor of developed countries. Switching to pollinator-free rice and soybeans is possible, but the process is long and labor-intensive.

Of course, all these terrible things won’t happen overnight, but the more dramatic the consequences we realize, the sooner humanity will think about how to preserve what Mother Nature has given us. Unless, of course, we want to live in a sad world without cotton shirts, coffee, cheese, ice cream, and, a slice of honey bun for breakfast.

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