life with bees. Photo: Huffington Post
life without bees. Photo: Huffington Post
The news about bees disappearing has spread. But how the existence of bees is connected to produce, not only honey, has been shown by Whole Foods Market in an exceptionally eye-opening way:
The Huffington Post writes:
“Hoping to pick up some chocolate, apples, lemons or watermelon during your next outing to the supermarket? What about an iced coffee with a splash of cream? Bees, beetles, butterflies and their pollinating brethren are essential in the production of nearly 75 percent of our crops, and without them, you could count out all those foods — and many, many others.
Pollinators are dying off in record numbers, and scientists are still struggling to figure out what’s causing the problem (pesticides? food availability? mites?). Today, a quarter of Europe’s bumblebees face extinction, and the beautiful and beloved migration of the Monarch butterfly — another pollinator — is in danger of disappearing.
Last year, Whole Foods Market removed all of the fruits and vegetables dependent on pollinators from its produce section to create a striking visual of what our supermarkets would look like without these important creatures as part of its Share The Buzz campaign. The store ditched a shocking 237 items, or 52 percent of the normal product mix. This year, the grocery chain has extended the pollinator’s reach to the dairy counter, where milk, yogurt, butter and cheese could disappear.”
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