Now deduct 1/3 of all our food because we have no bees. Without bee sustaining our food production at current levels is impossible. Increase global food production by 70% by 2050 without bees— hopeless. The death of 3.1 children every year due to poor nutrition—think 100 million.
We must have Bees.
We must have a backup plan.
Consider a future, where bacon and beef are in limited supply, chicken and fish become as expensive as caviar, and there no fruits or vegetables and nine billion mouths to feed.
We believe that Mason Bees and Leafcutter Bees, which pollinate a hundred apples, for every apple pollinated by honeybees-can be that backup plan. One mason bee can do the work of a hundred honeybees.
Before 1940 Native bees like the Mason Bee and the Leafcutter Bee were the pollinators. After World War II with the help of insecticides, developed to kill mosquitoes in the South Pacific Island, we decimated native bees. Farmers were forced to turn to the honeybee. We are now working the honeybee— “To Death.”
Honeybees need help, Mason Bees and Leafcutter Bees stand ready-we just need a hell of a lot more of them.
I include, just for fun, this graphic we produced.