What Would Happen If All Bees Died?

It’s natural to feel a little afraid when you see a buzzing bee and its painful stinger, and you may even be tempted to kill this noisy pest. Reconsider that reaction after you watch this video, which explains why honeybees are integral to food production and how shrinking bee populations make food less available and more expensive.

A number of factors threaten honeybees, including infectious mites, pesticides, and predatory insects, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As this video explains, another major problem affecting the bee population is colony collapse disorder, a mysterious phenomenon where mature bees abandon a hive and leave behind only a queen and some younger bees.

Fewer living bees means that some crops are not pollinated enough to thrive, reducing the nation’s agricultural output. About one-third of the food Americans consume requires pollination. Cotton plants also require pollination, so the loss of honeybees makes that crop more scarce, potentially driving up the cost of clothing made from cotton.

Protecting the honeybee population requires the cooperation of corporations and individuals. Show your support for the lowly but all-important honeybee, as well as other native pollinators, by signing this petition.

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