The global shortage of food may occur due to population decline of bees

26.04.2013


According to the manufacturer of honey from the city of Boston in the English county of Lincolnshire, Chris Norton, this year the UK waiting for a real "beekeeping catastrophe." Cold weather adversely affected the nectar plants, which means that the insects were left without food.


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Over the past few weeks, Norton has lost five of his 12 hives. Replacement of each of them will cost him £ 300, says "Boston STANDARDS." "This is the worst moment of my beekeeping practice," — says Norton.

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According to weather experts, the population of domestic honey bees in the country will be reduced to 50-75%. Affected mostly small independent producers of honey.

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Bees — an important link in the food chain. These insects pollinate plants that otherwise simply would not survive. Experts fear that the global decline in bee populations will lead to a shortage of food.

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Over the past few years the number of bees worldwide decreased by about 30%. The main reasons for this alarming trend — the weather, reducing the habitat of bees and pesticides.

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