Traditionally, people paid little attention to insects. Even today, people often underestimate the significance of insects in the life of the planet. In this respect, it is possible to refer to bees, who has a considerable impact on the maintenance of the biodiversity and balance in the natural life of the planet. At the same time, bees may face a serious problem, which may affect the mankind and the entire planet, if the problem aggravates. What is meant here is the problem of the substantial decrease of the population of bees and their disappearance. In fact, the disappearance of bees puts under a threat the normal development of life on the entire planet and puts under a threat the biodiversity of the Earth. In such a situation, the survival of humans may be also at stake. Therefore, the hypothetical problem of disappearance of bees may be a serious threat to the entire planet.
First of all, it is necessary to place emphasis on the fact that bees play an extremely important role in the life of the planet because they contribute to the pollination and, therefore, they are an essential link in the natural chain of interaction between organisms on the planet. This means that bees contribute to the biodiversity and diversity of plants growing on the planet, whereas the disappearance or a consistent drop of the population of bees may raise numerous challenges and threats.
At this point, it is worth mentioning the fact that the threat of the disappearance of bees is quite hypothetical but there are still some indicators to the existence of such a risk. To put it more precisely, scientists (Wilson, 183) have already pointed out the decrease of the population of bees in America and some other regions of the world. This trend is disturbing because there is no obvious reason for the drop of the population of bees in America and other regions of the world. Therefore, it is possible to presuppose that bees may, at least, decrease their population in the future. At this point, the negative impact of human activities and the pollution of environment may be particularly significant risk factors that contribute to the decrease of the bees’ population.
In such a situation, the problem of the bees’ disappearance as species becomes very significant because the decrease of the population of bees may be the first sign of the overall decline of the species and its further disappearance (Wilson, 119). At the same time, the lack of information about the reasons for the decrease of the population of bees increases the risk of their disappearance because scientists cannot suggests any measures to stop the drop of the population of bees.
In fact, one of the major threats associated with the decrease of the population of bees and their disappearance is the problem of pollination (Watanabe, 1170). What is meant here is the fact that bees are responsible for the pollination of many plants, whereas disappearance of bees will put under a threat the cultivation and existence of many plants, which they pollinate. In such a situation, the disappearance of bees will lead not only to the decrease of the biodiversity and disappearance of many plants but also this will put under a question the survival of mankind at large. What is meant here is the fact that people may face considerable problems with cultivation of basic plants, which are essential for the production of food. In fact, the disappearance of bees and many basic plants will raise the problem of the shortage of food supply and production. Modern technologies cannot replace bees to the full extent. As a result, the shortage of food may be the direct effect of the disappearance or even consistent drop of the population of bees (Watanabe, 1170). The decrease of biodiversity and disappearance of many plants will deteriorate the environmental situation on the planet even more compared to present days. Therefore, the ecosystem of the entire planet may be under a threat in case of disappearance and extinction of bees.
In such a context, the decline in production of honey and beeswax and respective medicaments up to the total disappearance of these products seem to be relatively insignificant effects of the decrease of the population of bees and their extinction (Poinar & Danforth, 614). However, it is worth mentioning the fact that honey and beeswax are essential components for many medicaments that save life of people. As a result, the shortage of honey and beeswax will put the life and health of these people under a threat.
Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that bees play an important part in the life of the planet. The hypothetical problem of their disappearance or even the consistent decrease of their population will put under a threat the ecosystem of the entire planet and the survival of people, whose activities threaten to bees and increase the threat of bees’ extinction.
Poinar, G.O. & Danforth, B.N. “A fossil bee from Early Cretaceous Burmese amber”. Science 314 (5799), October 2006, 614.
Watanabe, M. “Pollination worries rise as honey bees decline”. Science 265 (5176), 1994, 1170.
Wilson, B. The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee. London, Great Britain: John Murray, 2004.