Supporting sustainable food policy, and bees

Bees and other pollinators are dying rapidly, and their steady decline threatens the world food supply. A newly published United Nations scientific report, issued by the Intergovernment Science-Policy Platform, warns that plants dependent on pollination currently make up about 35 percent of global crop production. With increased population growth, mankind will need every available means of food production to stave off mass hunger in the future. Ironically, the bees are really the proverbial “canary-in-the-mine” as they represent other pollinators that are themselves becoming instinct. How did we get here? The answer is complex. While global warming plays a role, scientists around the globe have identified other contributing factors. Bees do not tolerate artificial pesticides (especially a widely used commercial brand known as neonicotinoids), genetically modified products or the bad farming practices used around the world for uni-crop exportation. Mass agricultural planting, without spacing wild flowers in-between rows to attract the bees, coupled with soil ecosystem exploitation, has created an environment that is the exact opposite of what we advocate for: bio-diversity and sustainable organic farming. Help us reverse this potentially cataclysmic decline of the bee population… support the efforts of the Global Hunger Foundation.

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