Translated for you: 27 foods we could lose if bees went extinct
Translated for you: 27 foods we could lose if bees went extinct
Saving bees is becoming a pressing imperative: without these small insects we would lose at least 27 different and fundamental foods.
The original article “From avocados to pumpkins, here are 27 foods we could lose if all the world’s bees went extinct” by Ariana DiValentino appears on Insider. A list of foods that would disappear from the face of the earth if bees went extinct: we have translated it for you.
We all have a legitimate interest in saving bees . Most plants, including fruits and vegetables, need the help of pollinators , bees, birds and beetles, to ensure their life cycle and grow fruit.bees are said to pollinate one in three bites of foodWe pay close attention to bees in this article for two reasons: they are highly efficient pollinators – a single hive can house up to 40,000 bees and a hive containing 20,000 can pollinate an entire acre – and they are endangered by climate change, practices. agricultural crops such as monoculture and , above all, for pesticides . ” Bees are said to pollinate one in three bites of food ,” said Emma Tagliaferro, of the City Growers program, an organization that uses its two urban farms to teach young New Yorkers the importance of agriculture and food systems. . Tagliaferro added that one way to help bees is to buy organic foods . “Buying organic foods has a direct impact on bees , ”he said. “Buying only food that hasn’t contributed to the use of those chemicals is good for bees .”
According to the non-profit organization Pollinator Partnership, some non-plant foods are also at risk, including dairy products , because cows eat alfalfa, a bee-pollinated forage. Still not convinced? Here is a list of foods that, according to Pollinator Partnership, will be at risk if honey bees or other bee species go extinct.
- Avocado . Bees pollinate avocado, with the help of flies and bats. The trendiest toast for toast is a subtropical plant mostly grown in Mexico. Honey bees, followed by other bee species, are important pollinators for this plant.
- Alfalfa . The alfalfa grown for commercial purposes uses controlled pollinators such as the so-called Megachile rotundata and other species of wild bees. Cows eat bee-pollinated alfalfa, which means they also play a role in dairy production. Alfalfa, or alfalfa, is a forage commonly used for grazing beef and dairy cattle and is therefore also important for animal proteins. For this reason, it is worth noting that the availability of dairy products is itself at risk if the alfalfa fails to grow.
- Almonds . The United States is the largest producer of almonds in the world, especially California’s Central Valley. Almond trees are highly dependent on honey bees for their growth. For this reason, more than a million beehives are transported to the region each year during the pollination season. Beehive Depopulation Syndrome is a dangerous threat to almond farms.
- Apples . Being a rather robust fruit, the apple grows all over the world. The United States is the second largest producer in the world after China. Apples are mainly pollinated by honey bees and mason bees.
- Anise . If you like absinthe or sambuca, black jellly beans or root beer , start thanking the bees. The herb, which originates in the eastern Mediterranean and southwestern Asia, is largely dependent on honey bees.
- Apricots . This small orange stone fruit grows in dry climates around the world, from Armenia to California’s Central Valley. Honey bees are crucial for their pollination.
- Coffee . The coffee plant grows near the equator in many countries around the world. Pollination, often by wild bees, increases crop yields – making it possible to put that cup of coffee in your hands every morning.
- Blueberries . The humble blueberry is native to North America, with the state of Oregon taking the top spot last year for production. Blueberry pollen is too heavy and sticky to move through the air on its own, so pollinating insects – mostly hornets and solitary bees, as well as the honey bees used by breeders – are essential for pollination.
- Cherries . Cherries grow in the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere, with the United States the second largest producer in the world. Their primary pollinator is the honey bee.
- Cardamom . If you are a fan of Thai curry, Indian masala, chai, gin and even some types of chewing gum, chances are you don’t want to live in a world without this powerful spice. Cardamom originates from southern India but today it comes mainly from Guatemala. Many crop varieties rely heavily on social bees such as the giant honey bee.
- Berries . The juicy and antioxidant berries grow in different climatic habitats. The important thing is that bees, hornets and solitary bees are present to pollinate their brambles.
- Cashews . According to data from a 2007 survey, cashews are highly dependent on insect-mediated pollination – mostly honey bees, stingless bees, hornets and solitary bees.
- Grapefruit . As you probably already know, grapefruit is a hybrid, produced by a random cross between sweet orange and pomelo. Pollination by bees is necessary for the grapefruit tree to enhance fruit production.
- Cocoa . Say goodbye to sweet things. Insect-mediated pollination is essential for the cocoa plant, whose pollinators are bees and midges.
- Macadamia nuts . The tropical macadamia tree relies on honey bees and stingless bees, as well as wasps and butterflies, to produce its fruit.
- Kiwi . These fluff-covered green buds are native to China and are grown today in the more temperate areas of the United States. Insect-mediated pollination has been found to be crucial for its growth. The main pollinators are honey bees, hornets and solitary bees.
- Peaches . Peaches are native to northwestern China and grow in temperate and dry regions around the world. Like apricots, peaches require pollination by honey bees to produce a fruit suitable for trade.
- Mango . The sweet tropical fruit – mainly from India – needs insect-mediated pollination, the most important of which is the honey bee (but also some types of flies) to grow.
- Coriander . The seeds of the coriander plant are often found among the house spices. Its leaf is known as “cilantro”. This herb needs pollinators, specifically honey bees, to thrive.
- Strawberries . Although strawberries use self-pollination and wind-mediated pollination, pollination mediated by insects – especially bees – helps them reach their maximum potential and produce better and larger strawberries, thus acquiring greater economic value.
- Pears . Fall fruit, which grows abundantly in the Pacific Northwest, is dependent on bee pollination. In particular, it needs the contribution of many bees. According to Washington State University, in fact, a pereto must have twice the number of hives available than other fruit trees.
- Pumpkin . Forget the pumpkin pie, as well as zucchini and all varieties of pumpkin. In a world without bees – specifically honey bees, squash bees, hornets and solitary bees – these plants are unable to develop and grow without essential pollination.
- Tea . Camellia sinensis, the plant more commonly known as tea, grows in tropical and subtropical regions, particularly in India and southeastern China. For propagation it relies almost exclusively on pollinators, and among these bees are the masters.
- Tomato . Since tomato plants need vibrations to release pollen, they find ideal pollinators in hornets, which in the course of a process known as vibrating pollination keep the bodies close to the anther thus freeing it from pollen. This process can also be performed manually with a suitable tool, but it is less effective and much more expensive, and therefore unsuitable for commercial production, which relies almost exclusively on beloved insects.
- Melon . The melon also relies heavily on insects for pollination, according to a 2007 survey. Honey bees, pumpkin bees, hornets and solitary bees all contribute to the growth and maturation of this fruit.
- Cucumbers . Cucumber, which grows in temperate climates, benefits from pollination by many species of bees, including honey, pumpkin and hornets.
- Watermelon . The aforementioned study states that pollination is essential to the survival of watermelon, which relies on honey bees, hornets and solitary bees.