Missing millions of beehives for pollination of European crops
Europe has a deficit of 13.4 million bee colonies, around 7 billion of bees Europe need to pollinate their crops properly, said researchers at the University of Reading.
The findings of the study published Wednesday in the journal Plos One, due to the development of oil crops pollination needs grew five times faster than the number of bee colonies between 2005 and 2010.
“Europe has only two-thirds of the bee colonies needed, a deficit of 13.4 million colonies is currency, equivalent to 7 billion bees,” the study showed.
In half of the 41 countries studied, ” there are not enough bees to successfully pollinate crops , mainly in France, Germany, United Kingdom and Italy,” the researchers add.
The case of Great Britain is one of the most worrying, since that country has less than a quarter of the number of bees needed for pollination.
Agriculture has thus become increasingly dependent on the “wild” pollinators (bumble bees, etc.), species that may be vulnerable, especially in the case of monocultures, the scientists concluded.
“This study shows that European policy on biofuels is the unintended consequence dependent on wild pollinators,” said Tom Breeze, one of the study authors.
Source: ecodiario.eleconomista.esa and freepik.com