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The Bee Population is Now Dwindling: What Can You Do to Help?

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 10 July 2019 21:44

Bees play a critical role in the production of food. Experts say that at least 200 varieties of crops depend on pollinators such as bees. Now, they are the ones who need human intervention to be able to survive.

Almost every food that you eat today came from the efforts of bees. If it weren't for these pollinators, the produce departments, farm stands, and farmers' markets would be very different. There will also be a lack of some of the staple foods that we've grown to enjoy.

A growing number of bee species are now in danger

People Magazine says that 17 bee species have already become regionally extinct. Additionally, another 25 species are following its track and are now at risk of extinction. Meanwhile, 31 species, although not deemed as highly threatened, don't have a stable number of population to thrive and grow.

There are many reasons bees are drastically losing their numbers. Aside from climate change, the loss of their vital habitats is to blame. They're also facing pollution and pesticides that are harming their population even more.

Effects of reduced bee population on the global economy

Aside from its effects on biodiversity, the reduction in the bee population could also affect the global economy. Since almost 75 percent of the world's produce rely on pollinators, losing such huge bee populations could have massive economic consequences.

But it's not too late to resolve the issue. Although restoring the bee population will require massive changes, it is possible. One way to help restore the pollinators' population is by reducing the effects of chemical pollution. Protecting them from any imported disease can also help.

Landscape design in Salt Lake City could help provide nesting sites for these useful creatures. If you're a garden enthusiast, you're probably aware of the roles that pollinators have in everyone's daily life. Although it may seem simple, there are ways to help these pollinators thrive and regain their population.

One way to do it is by building a pollinator garden. Experts say that having a garden meant for these pollinators can help provide them with the nesting sites that they need. To do so, you need to use native plants in your landscape to attract pollinators. But you can't only limit yourself to native plants alone. Other great plant options will undoubtedly add beauty to your garden.

Bees need a stable source of nectar and pollen to thrive. But they aren't just looking for food. They also need plants for reproduction and shelter as well. So, you need to include various plants, so you can provide them with everything they need. In addition, be sure not to use any chemical pesticides because these may harm the bees.

Bee populations are facing a serious threat worldwide. As their number dwindles at an alarming rate, the risk of food shortage is also increasing. It's crucial that you do your part in reversing the decline of their numbers. Working on your landscape and ensuring that it's bee-friendly is a good way to help conserve their population.

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