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Climbing human population's food sources threatened by bumblebee population decline?

The global human population is estimated currently to be 6,892,000,000 and increasing, almost out of control, by 203800 every day. As this human population's consumption of food increases accordingly, the populations of other species, which it consumes or upon which it depends for the growth of plant food, is declining at an alarming rate. An example of the latter is four common species of the bumblebee in the United States, the abundance of which has dropped by 96 percent! Much of the food crops in the US depend upon the bumble bee for pollination to reproduce. How humankind will be able to continue to feed itself, unless this decline in bumblebee populations is stopped is not known. (Originally published as "Decline in some species along with over-abundance of humans" in Your Say.)

The Vanishing of Bees - film

Among many frightening problems posed by the scale of industrialisation and mass production in the world is "bee colony collapse" syndrome (BCC). This condition where bee populations suddenly die off in massive numbers, endangers a large part of world food production, both large and small-scale. As such it literally threatens 'life as we know it'. A bee-less planet would be nearly unrecognisable, with the disappearance from the earth of many familiar kinds of trees, fruits, flowers and vegetables and the birds and other animals that depend on them. Now there is a new film out, made by apiarists, the humans first in line to suffer when bees do. The syndrome has been linked to particular pesticides. There is a comprehensive trailer available here.

See also :
"Trouble with bees", ABC Radio National's Background Briefing of 29 Jul 07, including transcript and link to 22Mb MP3 file.

Saving our Earth or Defending our Right to Eat Animal Products?

We live in pivotal times and it is getting harder to deny that this planet is in dire crisis. The UN produced a report titled 'Livestock's Long Shadow' about the devastating impact of the livestock industry on the environment. Why is the information contained in this report being tiptoed around for fear of upsetting people? Sir Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono are calling for 'Meat-Free Monday'. The first town in the world has gone meat-free one day a week. Yet an environmental activist is heavily censored for trying to get the word out on World Environment day....

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