By: Abu Imran Baba (University of Szeged, Hungary)
“If the bees disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live”
You might all have heard this famous quote, which is mostly attributed to famous scientist Albert Einstein probably, but there is no correct attribution and evidence that Einstein ever said that, said Michael Pocock, an ecologist with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Despite whoever quoted this, it is quite worthy and an eye-opener for all of us.
If bees get extinct, do we just realise that it will not be all about just lack of honey, but there is a very important and lethal fact about declining bee population which is rapidly decreasing than expected. These tiny creatures are of very importance to maintain an ecological balance.
Infact without their existence we will be losing our most of food crops faster, so if you hate them, when they buzz around or sting you then it is time to love these creatures now as in reality they are our friendly species.
It is quite alarming situation and of great concern that if bees go extinct, we will suffer from a pollinator apocalypse followed by extreme food scarcity and human extinction nearly after it. Even if we find other means of novel technologies to fulfil the food scarcity it won’t be enough to fill the needs of such blooming population worldwide.
Though bees are not the only pollinators that play this role of pollination, but these tiny creatures contribute a lot in the pollination of around most of the crop species that feed 90% of the world (sources). They are responsible for the most of the food production by pollination of our important crop plants by acting as a mediator of pollen transfer between the different flowers. We already know that the population of bees has started to decline considerably and it’s leading to “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) the name given to mass dying of bee populations by experts.
This collapse of bees is worrisome and the most important cause for its decreasing population is from human sources may it be from the overuse of pesticides or our main role in direct or indirect participation of global warming and other sorts of climate concerns. The overuse of pesticides is drastically affecting the bee population of bees causing an extreme declination of these pollinators.
To prevent such catastrophic activities of future we should create awareness and campaign to highlight such issues concerning the mortality of bee population at the basal level, because these creatures are of high economic importance. So losing such creatures in future we need to dwell in present and try to save them from extinction. As we are the one who are the main culprits of this disaster.
(Abu Imran Baba is a Freelance environmental writer and Research Scholar based in Europe at Molecular Genetics Lab, Biological Research Centre and University of Szeged, Hungary)