A World Without Bees

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The honeybee is often one of the most overlooked insects that we commonly see, often people associate the honeybee with more aggressive species of slightly similar looking wasps. For this reason, people seem to dislike or even fear stingless bees such as honeybees, bumble bees, and orchid bees. These harmless pollinators are essential to our survival, as Allison Benjamin and Brian McCallum state in their book “A World Without Bees”:
“The majority of flowering plants need animals to pollinate them, and the honeybee is perfectly engineered to perform the task, with a body designed to trap pollen and a work ethic that leaves no petal unturned. Without the honeybees, the vitality and color of the planet would be lost.”
The reason the world’s color and life would be lost without the honeybee is that they are an essential key to the pollination of crops and flowers throughout the entire world. Especially in a world
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Some of the harvests that rely on bees include nuts, soya beans, onions, carrots, broccoli and sunflowers to apples, oranges, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, melons, avocados, peaches. Including cotton, the entire industry of pollination brings in about $60 billion a year, an average $15 billion of which in the United States alone. (Benjamin and McCallum, 4) An industry this crucial, that which is a foundation for several other industries to thrive, should be maintained and studied to prevent a snowball effect of the decay of industries. Unfortunately, the honeybee industry has been dying at an alarming rate.

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