According to a recent report, half a billion bees have died in Brazil within 3 months. Now, the future of plant reproduction and humanity is at stake.
How long can you live without food? Well, if you've got water to drink, you'd possibly last for around two to three days.
We all need food to survive, but our food production's future could be in danger, as it turns out. The staggering decline in the bee population may leave us with no future.
Bees play a vital role in plant reproduction through pollination. According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, these insects are responsible for pollinating up to 75 percent of the world's crops.
You can now understand the consequences of their deaths to the ecosystem
It's reported that within 3 months, there were over 500 million deaths of bees in Brazil. They were all found dead by beekeepers in four Brazilian states. 400 million in the Rio Grande do Sul, 7 million in Sao Paulo, 50 million in Sana Catarina, and 45 million in Mato Grosso do Sul.
Aldo Machado, the vice president of Brazil's the Rio Grande do Sul beekeeping association noted:
"Within 48 hours, tens of thousands of honey bees in his colony died after falling sick…as soon as the healthy bees began clearing the dying bees out of the hives, they became contaminated. They started dying en masse."
The researchers put the blame on this devastating situation to the high increase of pesticide use. Since last year, Brazil has approved more than 300 new pesticides for use on crops.
According to analysts, traces of pesticides like fipronil were found in some of the dead bees. This chemical is used as an insecticide for veterinary purposes, such as getting rid of fleas and ticks.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies fipronil as a possible human carcinogen. It means that these pesticides are harmful to bees, but their effect on humans is also worrying.
Alberto Bastos, the president of the apiculturist association of Brazil's Federal District, said:
"The death of all these bees is a sign that we are being poisoned."
It's agonizing to see how far humans have come by destroying their own survival to reach financial profit margins.
What many people don't understand is that "if the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live," according to Albert Einstien.