A world without bees would result in less produce because of the decrease in pollination. Pollination is needed for fruits and vegetables to grow properly. It is also detrimental to beekeepers because they require their bees as a means of money and income. Beekeepers allow big corporations to use the bees for money as well. Beekeepers are seeing that their bees are disappearing without a trace. Usually when bees die there is a pool of dead bees that cover the ground. Not in this case. If bees were to disappear then food prices would rise and beekeepers would have to close their businesses. We need to find a way to rejuvenate the bees and make sure that bees don't disappear for an unknown reason.
I agree Brian, we do need to figure out a system to protect the bees better. Our lives and those whose livelihoods are based off of bees would be negatively effected without them.
Bees are under-appreciated, plain and simple. They are many times seen as pests and despised or feared due to allergic reactions. However, bees, especially the honey bee, should be admired for its pivotal role in the world. As we know, a loss of bees would lead to a loss of pollination and thus a loss of many fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc. from plants we need to feed the 7 billion people on the planet. But this loss of plants does not only affects humans but also all the animals that eat bees, the animals that eat the lost plants, the animals that eat those herbivores, etc. The entire food chain would be dismantled, and many beekeepers would be out of a job. I found the most interesting idea of this issue to be that the only area where bees are flourishing is in cities. I, a prospective urban planner, love the idea of designing cities that accommodate all species, not just humans, and a city's detachment from pesticides that cause colony collapse disorder helps make this possible. For me, I would like to begin a transition in which cities can become our source of food through an idea of organic vertical farming, thus slowly decreasing our reliance on agricultural lands and pesticides. The only question is whether we can do this before it is too late.
Nick, I really enjoy what you have to say about accommodating other species in cities. Normally, bees would never we welcomed into a city. However, I believe it is important for more people to be educated on how serious of a role bees play in our lives. Then maybe they would be welcomed, and we can even begin vertical farming in such cities. As you said though, I hope it is before it's too late.
I love your idea about creating a city that accommodates all species and not just humans.We need to start changing our behavior now in order to save the bees, and this is a very good idea to save not only the bees but thousands of other species in harms way due to our carelessness.
It's already been said, but I really really love the idea of accommodating other species in cities. That's honestly such a great, creative idea, and something I personally never would've thought of. Needless to say, I was super impressed.
This idea of thinking is exactly what could save species such as bees that are in danger. The unfortunate thing is that despite everything that can and will be said about bees and how important they are, the majority are likely to continue to see them as pests and value their importance very slightly. I too hope that we can come to accommodate bees and other species into our cities, but the human race has a long history of not realizing their mistakes until it's too late to recover from them..
In all honesty, prior to this course if you asked me what a world without bees would be like- I would say something along the lines of there would be a few less Epi-pens floating in the purses of helicopter moms. However, this vision- while it may contain some truth- is not even close to how catastrophic a world with out those tiny creatures would be. Bees naturally pollinate all of our flowers, allowing them to flourish and create bigger and better crops. They produce honey, too, and essentially make our agricultural world go round. Without them, we could not feed as many people as we currently do, at least not quality food. All agricultural efforts would have to turn to hand-pollination which is tedious and does not produce as good quality crops. Without the bees, thousands upon thousands of people would lose their jobs, and here, where we live, prices would skyrocket. Fortunately for us though, our fate is not even comparable to the masses that would go hungry without the help of those tiny pollinators.
I agree with you Gi, bees are a huge part of our ecosystem and without them flowers wouldn't be naturally pollinated or flourish as effectively. We need the bees to pollinate our flowers and crops so that the prices of fruits and vegetables don't skyrocket and not be able to afford them. Eating nowadays is expensive already, but without the help of bees it could become even more expensive.
Gi, you make a stellar point. Prices would increase at the supermarket because the crops could not be produced at the at the same rate if we had bees. people do not realize how vital they are to the business of agriculture and the people really need to be informed at the detrimental effects to not only the bees but to us if we don't find out what is going on in terms of colony collapse disorder.
Without bees I wouldn't be able to eat anything, because I'm a vegetarian. All of my diet consists of fruits and vegetables. Bees keep the prices of fruits and veggies relatively mild. But without them, it would rise dramatically. Also, bee keepers would loose their jobs, which is just devastating in this economy. Humans need to stop spraying chemicals onto our food. It's affecting the bee's health, how long until it effects humans?
You make a great connection from bee's health to ours, if these pesticides can cause colony collapse disorder in bees, they probably can't be doing much good to our bodies. It is scary how separated we our from our food sources and we should look at what is happening to bees as a wake up call.
A world without bees is a world that most people would probably imagine to be pretty similar to with them. With the help of this course I know better. Without the essential pollination that bees provide our diet could drastically change. We expect such a diverse group of foods year round but the truth is that would not be possible without the help of bees. Bees are worth more than I could put to words in the fact that they help to provide us with the foods we all enjoy and the crops that some people could not live without.
Yes, I agree that too many people take bees for granted. Not many people fully understand how important bees are to our environment. Most people probably view bees as an annoyance.
Bees are generally viewed as an annoyance, but if people knew what the world would be like without them, i'm sure they would look at them differently. People won't understand what bees truely do for them until they are gone.
A world without bees, would be a dark world. pollination would simply not happen. Most of our food supply would be lost. Honey would no longer be available either. we would simply not be able to feed a population of 7 billion. Bee keepers would lose their jobs. Bees are worth more than we can imagine.
You are 100 percent correct Ryan. The extinction of bees could lead to the extinction of man kind, at the very least entire societies. We can not put a value on bees.
A world without bees would be extremely different. Our source of food would have to be changed because our fruits would no longer be pollinated. Produce prices would be higher and people like beekeepers would loose their jobs. Before learning about the bees in class I did not understand the importance of bees. I think many people are similar to me before learning about bees, unsure of their importance.
I agree with you Kaitlyn. before learning about them in class I didn't truly know the real impact bees have on our every day society and that people need to become informed on how important they are to our environment.
A world without bees would mean a world without honey, pollenated flowers (unless you do it by hand, which would take forever) and a world without any type of crop that needs to bees to grow. I feel that people underappreciate bees, most people are highly afraid of them and kill there hives or they set the traps that bees are attracted too. I think all of our lives would be different because without bees nothing would be able to be pollenated, so in all cases prices of vegetables, and fruits would increase a lot and not only that many products and home-cooked products are made with honey, without bees you also will not have honey. I don't think people realize what's happening to bee and that's why there really isn't type of "program' to save them. A world without bees would be very shocking to the world.
I agree that we do need some sort of "program" if we are to ever help save the bees. I also agree that many people will never even notice a change until they are all gone and it truly starts to affect them. Then we will all be wishing we had acted sooner.
A world without bees would be detrimental to us. no one cares that much anymore about beekeepers and what they do and it's affecting our lives. Bees pollination is what allows us to have various amounts of fruits and vegetables and have the diet that we do. I didn't realize that bees played this much of a role in our lives but after learning about it I'm curious to see what happens in the future when everyone else learns the importance.
It's a scary thought that we have the power to control the course of bees existence, and we have been choosing to kill them off. Purposefully or not, the fact of the matter is that bees are dying off directly due to our careless behaviors of toxic chemicals and habitat loss. A life without bees is too a terrifying thought. We no longer would have the luxuries we take for granted now of fruits, nuts, and vegetables from plants that the bees pollinate. But without the bees, there is no substitute to pollination, it's them or nothing. Prices in the supermarket will increase, many people out of jobs such as beekeepers and our food chain in a huge disarray. That would be because not only do we count on bees for fruits, etc., so do thousands and thousands of species living in the earth we should be sharing.
Excellent points Emma! Bees are an innocent animal that we are abusing. All the bees want to do is make honey and pollunant flowers. You're right that we should protect our bees. After all we need them more than they need us.
A world without bees would result in the decline of agriculture across the world. It would severely affect how we get food and would force us to explore other options. We should focus on protecting the bees now so we do not have to worry about what life without bees would be like one day.
A world without bees would result in the decline of agriculture across the world. Bees, much like most living things in this world, serve a major purpose in maintaining life the way we know it. However, should bees be extinct, it would have catastrophic effects on humans due to the fact that food wouldn't able to be produced how it generally is. Because the world without bees would be eventually almost unbearable , it should be a focus to preserve the lives of bees along with other animals.
You're right. Without bees, our food prices would rise dramatically and agriculture would be nearly impossible.
A world without bees is unimaginable. We rely on them so heavily for the pollination of all our food. If the bee population continues on the course it currently is on, they will soon go extinct. Human's aren't the only species with lives revolving around bees, flowers and crops need bees to pollinate them, and animals rely on bees for crops to eat. If bees died off, many more extinctions would follow. People need to be educated about their necessity, so we can save our beloved bees.
I completely agree with you Tara, people need to be educated more about the importance of bees and how vital they are to our eco systems.
The loss of bees would have such a devastating impact that it's impossible to imagine. Bees play an extremely vital role in our lives, and it's important that we realize that so we can spread awareness about preservation. Without bees, we would not have even a small fraction of the foods we can enjoy now. Without bees, I don't see how we could produce enough food to sustain such an enormous population. Bees are worth so much, and they naturally pollinate the plants that allow us all to thrive, and introducing these harsh chemicals into their systems was a big mistake.
Bees play a pivotal role in our entire food chain, and, subsequently our way of life in its entirety. It would effect the life of not only our beekeepers, who would be without jobs, but everybody. They pollinate our plants, which is a crucial role. It's actually rather beautiful, how such a small species can have such a tremendous impact. Bees should serve as a lesson to us all about how even the most modest species need our protection.
If the world were to suddenly lose all the bees then our markets would be completely empty in a few days. There would be no fruits or flowers to sell because the bees do the pollulating for us. We would have to pollinate the fruits and flowers ourselves. Bees are priceless because we rely on them so heavily to pollinate our food that if they were gone we would never have enough food for everyone and a chain reaction of chaos would start.
The vast majority of people do not truly comprehend how much bees do for us and the environment. Sure, they understand that plants need to be pollinated, but they don't really understand how important bees are to that process. The worlds food supply would be devastated if bee colonies continue to collapse. Mankind would begin to starve. As will the rest of the food chain that either directly or indirectly depend on healthy plants pollinated by bees. We need to stop this trend in the interest of mankind and an uncountable amount of other species.
I 100% agree with you Joe. Some people are just too ignorant to face the facts and realize that this will affect us in our own lives.
A world without bees would mean a world with a lot less food. People don't understand the vital role that bees play in our society. They are basically the ones putting food on our table. Our economy would collapse and world hunger would increase exponentially. We need to educate the public about the declining of bees and what it would mean for our future.
I agree, Evan, that bees have such a vital role I'm our lives and the public should be more informed of this. They are basically putting food on our table as the amount they pollinate food can't be replicated without extreme man power and time; bees can visit up to 5,000 flowers in a single day, man cannot compare.
Bees, like any insect, are seen as pests. Bees sting. Thus, we kill bees. As we do for other insects, we use pesticides to keep them away from our crops. What we don't understand is that bees are insects that enable flowering plants to do just that through pollination. Without them, the global food market would suffer, not just in terms of the economies, but the actual food produced would be significantly hindered. If we don't start to truly value bees as important members of the production of food, then we might very well lose the food that we aimed to protect in the first place. The scary thing is, it might already be too late.
Problem is the bees are dying as an indirect result of pesticide use for agriculture. This was not the intended purpose of the pesticide...we are not killing them directly. The farmers are not targeting them as a best, in fact most farmers rely on them.
I imagine that a world without bees is a pretty dark place. Bees are responsible for pollinating more than 50% of our food thus without their work food would have to be pollinated by hand otherwise we'd lose our naturally grown food. Our abundance of fruit and vegetables would we lost and our diet would become very singular and lack important nutrients. Our bees worth is priceless. The amount of work they do to ensure we have healthy fruit and vegetables is immense.