Insect Decline | Georgia Outdoors

Insect Decline | Georgia Outdoors

In 2016, Georgia Outdoors reported on the serious decline in bee populations around the world. A major problem since they pollinate about eighty percent of the food we eat. Emory Univeristy researcher, Barry Brosi says our entire food chain is on the line. If we think about uh, tomatoes and cucumbers and um, any kind of um, nuts. All those are dependent on having uh, a seed be produced to actually uh make the crop a viable crop. That service of moving the pollen from one flower to another is not something that really anything else can do. So, we can put all the fertilizer we want on that crop and it’s not going to move the pollen around um, magically. There are twenty thousand species of bees living across the world. They are impacted by pesticides, habitat loss, and disease. All these facts make a recent report in the journal ‘Biological Conservation’ troubling. A twenty-seven-year study conducted by scientists from Austrailia to China has determined that more than forty percent of insect species are declining. Like the dung beetle, an insect worshipped by ancient Egyptians. This massive decline hurts more than our food supply. Even the bugs that bug us are a food source for wildlife. Birds rely on insects for nutrition and eighty percent of wild plants use insects for pollination. But bee declines may be the scariest of all. A class of pesticides called neonicotinoids are part of the problem. This class of synthetic pesticides is even more damaging because nicotine on its own breaks down in the environment very rapidly, um whereas this class of pesticides the nicotine has been chemically altered to uh persist in the environment for a long time and in fact, there’s um, increasing evidence that these pesticides are accumulating in the environment in our soil and in our water, so they may um, there may be cumulative effects of using these pesticides over time that may not appear for quite some time. From bees to beetles, to butterflies, scientists warn that the massive insect decline could have a catastrophic impact of the environment.

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  1. the increasing advertising of systemic treatment for mosquitoes yard wide and neighborhood wide does not help. As the bleed of pesticide into our waterways affects the many arthropods that live and develop in the water.

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