What Would Happen If Bees Went Extinct?

Where would we be without bees? As far as important species go, they are top of the list. They are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. Honey bees are responsible for $30 billion a year in crops.

That’s only the start. We may lose all the plants that bees pollinate, all of the animals that eat those plants and so on up the food chain. Which means a world without bees could struggle to sustain the global human population of 8 billion. Our supermarkets would have half the amount of fruit and vegetables.

Bees are keystone species. They play a vital role in preserving biodiversity and ecosystem health and without them, many ecosystems would be altered or cease to exist altogether.

What is Causing the Declining Bee Population Around the World?

  • loss of flower meadows
  • Destruction of bee’s natural habitat
  • Intensive farming
  • Increased use of pesticides and insecticides, in particular neonics (neonicotinoids)
  • Pests and disease
  • Land use change
  • Decline in commercial beekeeping

Without bees, our food security is at risk.
That’s why food security needs bee security

What can we do to help save the bees?

  1. Stop using insecticides and herbicides in and around your home
  2. Plant a bee friendly garden with lots of flowers
  3. Plant a clover lawn instead of grass. Clover uses less water, requires no chemicals, fills the soil with nitrogen, and best of all, the clover flowers are a food source for bees
  4. Create a native garden. Free resource guide below.
  5. Purchase only organic produce and meats. Organic food is chemical and toxin free and is usually more mindful of environmental concerns.
  6. Educate yourself about bee lifecycles and their preferred environment
  7. Support local beekeepers and buy locally, ethically produced honey
  8. Build your own native bee house
  9. Visit your local bee club

Pesticides are designed to kill unwanted pests,
but their toxic properties and widespread use
are also harming beneficial insects such as bees.