Protecting the Pollinators
by helicopter_bus on December 12, 2017 - 2:32am
Protecting the pollinators and focusing on bees, is a serious issue that many people don’t think twice about helping. According to the Globe and Mail and the Guardian, in Canada, the decline for bees is high and this is due to the long winters, weak queens, poisoning from pesticides and viruses. Pollinators are extremely important to the world because without them pollinating, we will not have the fruits that come with the fertilization process from the bees for example. Pollination is very dependent for our fruits, nuts and vegetables, which affects us greatly according to Life Basic Organics, and Bees Techno-Science. Greenpeace is a well-known environmental protector and they are trying to make the issue known to the people because everyone must help before it becomes too late. Not only is this problem in Canada, although it is major in North America, it is also a problem in Europe, Asia and Africa, says Europa.eu and Greenpeace.
To start, Canada has a major decline for pollinators and this is due to many things but one major factor includes the pesticides for our agriculture, neonicotinoid is the major pesticide known to be weakening the bees because the pesticide is throughout the plant, including the pollen and nectar, which the pollinators use and because they become weak, they are more prone to viruses, loss of food supply and parasites. Although there is no direct link to this being the main decline for pollinators, the neonics can dissolve in water and lead to waterways, which harms aquatic insects as well (Moodie, Alison, 2017). This is trying to be taken care of by banning these pesticides however according to farmers, they will be loosing their fields, though when compared to a soybean crop with and without neonics, there is no significant difference, in fact, neonics may even be killing the beetles that are eating the slugs that damage the crops, which causes the slugs to increase in numbers.
Next, we need pollinators. This is not something new to anybody, pollinators make up the production of many fruits and vegetables that we consume regularly. Unlike North America, Europe is doing something more about the situation. The European Commission put a two-year ban on the three necotinoids and then they had added the non-neonicotinoid fibronile. The two-year ban will be used to see the recovery rate of the bees and a longer ban on other pesticides and these ones (Greenpeace, 2016). This problem is not only a problem for some countries, this is a global problem, the decline of bees in Kenya has created them to import honey, when they once had a very rich supply of it beforehand (Torto, 2013). They are now working towards many research facilities to try and figure out what is happening and how they can fix it and help the pollinators come back and increase in numbers. They are investing in Bee Health to help our food security, they are doing so by looking at pests, viruses, diseases and pesticide residue (Torto, 2013).
Finally, this problem needs to be addressed before it is too late, we are able to help now before it becomes even more difficult to save the pollinators and then that will save us from a harsh future. Pollinators are needed in this world especially for humans and protecting them should be a priority. We can change the kinds of pesticides we use in our crops so that it will not harm the pollinators. We could create more ways of helping bees, this will allow us to help produce more pollinators. We could plant more flowers for them to pollinate and if we do not use a different pesticide, perhaps not use it at all if it is doing this much damage to the earth already.
In conclusion, pollinators need our help to save them, it is not too late to fix our mess and do good for our environment and everyone’s future. By taking away or reducing the types of pesticides we use, we can increase our pollinators and the more pollinators we have, the better, because we rely on them with our food most importantly.
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