Over the last two or three months, there has definitely been an uptick in the concern level for our favorite pollinator. Not so long ago, we were lucky to find one or two stories about honey bees, but now there are dozens of publications covering bees almost every day. While some of these are “interest” stories and others are just regurgitating news from other sites, we are beginning to see more and more concern about the bee becoming outright extinct.
Just the other day, we reported on artificial pollination that is being met with great enthusiasm. While it is great to have alternatives, we cannot permanently look for an artificial means when we know the long-term effects of losing the honey bee will be devastating on so many levels. The fact that honey would be non-existent, at least natural honey, and that crops would no longer be naturally pollinated is vital, but what about the plants that are not harvested but that are vital to our eco-system to feed other animals in the wild?
The costs of artificially pollinating are not going to be cheap, so what is the incentive for the government or the private sector to have areas deep in forests that are pollinated by wild bees currently to be pollinated artificially? How many other forms of life on our planet rely on this pollination to survive (not to mention those specific plants)?
True Activist states, “The loss of bees on this earth will be a disaster for mankind because they are irreplaceable insects. The relation that bees have to all flowering plants is the most interdependent, cooperative, harmonious and important things on the planet. This relationship has lasted for over 100 million years, which led to the creation of all the diverse species we have in nature. Having all these readily available species have also promoted the human species through food and nutrients.”
Artificial pollination will help some areas, but there is simply no way this will serve as an all-purpose cure to this problem. We very much fear researchers and government officials are getting far too comfortable with artificial pollination as testing continues to move forward rather than addressing the actual problem of saving our pollinators. There may not be a more important insect on the face of the earth right now and it is our duty to protect it.