Sorry friends. It looks like you and your outdated notions are actually nowhere close to being as important as you think you are, no matter how you bang about it on social media. Who would have imagined it!
Instead, according to a recent study by the Earthwatch Institute for the Royal Geographical Society of London, bees have been declared the most important living creatures on the entire planet.
Bees Serve a Great Important Role On Our Planet
The study claims that over 70 percent of the world's agriculture wholly depends on these insects for pollination. Without them, much of the wildlife, including humans, would head to extinction.
No matter how surprising it can be, bees are the only living creatures that don't carry pathogens, regardless of whether it is a fungus, a virus, or a bacterium. This study was concluded by the Apiculture Entrepreneurship Center of the Universidad Mayor (CeapiMayor) and the Apiculture Corporation of Chile (Cach), with the support of the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA).
They're Key to a Healthy Environment
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few years, you might have been caught on the idea that bees are more important than we've been believing.
These insects play a vital role on Earth, with their key role being to help plants reproduce.
In fact, they're directly responsible for the production of up to 70 percent of fruits, nuts, vegetables, and other foods, even that coffee you can't stay a day without.
They also pollinate over 80 percent of wildflowers, so our countryside would be far less beautiful and attractive without them.
Many animals rely on these insects for their survival. For instance, mammals and birds rely on berries, seeds, and some fruits, all pollinated by bees.
Even some domesticated animals, such as cows, benefit from pollination.
Dr. George McGavin, an entomologist, academic, and explorer, emphasizes the importance of bees in the global ecosystem:
"Bees are essential to our survival—without the world's bees, we would have to change our eating habits dramatically. No flowers, no fruits, no vegetables."
Bees Have Joined the Endangered Species List
According to wildlife experts and scientists, about 90 percent of the bee population has disappeared in the last few years. And this has been caused by harmful farming methods, such as the use of poisonous pesticides and the loss of bees' natural habitats.
If bees go extinct, there is a big chance of elimination of fauna. Some researchers even claim that after bees' extinction, humanity will be next.
There's Still Hope of Saving These Insects
Activists believe we need to immediately ban the use of pesticides, promote natural agricultural alternatives, and carefully monitor the health and welfare of our bees.
Many celebrities have even joined the cause in an attempt to raise awareness. For instance, a Hollywood icon, Morgan Freeman, recently transformed his 124-acres land in Mississippi into a bee sanctuary to protect the species.