Do you like fruits? Strawberry, peach, orange, grapes… I know I do. Imagine a world without these. “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. ” This was predicted by Albert Einstein. Now, this is becoming a reality.
One out of every three bites of food we take is pollinated by honeybees. If honeybees vanish from our planet, we will have a severe food shortage. Vegetables and fruits will not grow unless we pollinate them by hand. We cannot have dairy products because cows won’t have anything to eat. The price of food will be very high and many people couldn’t eat healthy foods. Moreover, we will have a shortage of clothes because cotton will be hard to grow. Lately, honeybees are disappearing from the hives, almost all at the same time. This is called CCD, Colony Collapse Disorder and it started happening from the 1990’s around the world. By 2007, one third of the honeybees in the northern hemisphere had disappeared.
Do know what is causing honeybees to disappear? It is an agricultural chemical called neonicotinoid. Neonicotinoid is thought to be the most significant cause of CCD. In Japan, it is used mostly in growing rice, pesticides and house building materials. When honeybees touch neocotinoid, their nerve system doesn’t function and they can’t go back to their hives. Japan has eased the use of neonicotinoid, and the Ministry of Agriculture said that daily intake of the vegetable which are contaminated with neonicotinoid will have no ill health effects. However, France and other countries restrained or banned the use of neonicotinoid. Like these countries, Japan should stop using neonicotinoid.
We can also take action. I work with my friend in Hug the Earth Club. We do lectures with Nagoya Open University of the Environment. We had a Japanese Honeybee booth at Nagoya Environmental Day. I talked with many people there. First, I was scared to share what I think about my activities, but doing lectures in club gave me confidence and I was able to share my thoughts. I was inspired by people there and realized the importance of the environment.
There are three simple things you can do to help bees, as they help us: 1)You can make a difference by supporting local beekeepers. You can buy honey from local beekeepers or see if they need donations or volunteers. 2)Plant some flowers in your yard. 3) Don’t use pesticides when Planding flowers and plants. Like neonicotinoid, they affect honeybees and us.
One third of the food that humans consume is pollinated by insects, 80% of which are bees. If all the honeybees were to die, thousands of plants would follow, which could lead to millions of people starving the following years.
“If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” If bees die, we die. What will you do to make a difference?