The Role of the Bee

“If wild pollinator declines continue, we run the risk of losing a substantial proportion of the world’s flora”

The global and European situation with bees and other pollinators

Bees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems. A third of all our food depends on their pollination. A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production.

Who would pollinate all the crops? Hand-pollination is extremely labour-intensive, slow and expensive. The economic value of bees’ pollination work has been estimated around € 265 billion annually, worldwide. So, also from a purely economic point of view, it pays to protect the bees.

The problem of bee decline

Since the late 1990s, beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies.

Bees make more than honey – they are key to food production because they pollinate crops. Bumblebees, other wild bees, and insects like butterflies, wasps, and flies all provide valuable pollination services. A third of the food that we eat depends on pollinating insects: vegetables like zucchini, fruits like apricot, nuts like almonds, spices like coriander, edible oils like canola, and many more… In Europe alone, the growth of over 4,000 vegetables depends on the essential work of pollinators. But currently, more and more bees are dying. The bee decline affects mankind too. Our lives depend on theirs.


Loss of commercial honeybee
in the US since 2006


Loss of commercial honeybee
in Europe since 1985


Loss of commercial honeybee
in the UK since 2010

"Since 1998, individual beekeepers in Europe have been reporting unusual
weakening and mortality in colonies, particularly in France, Belgium, Switzerland,
Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain."

− UNEP, 2010

"The benefit from pollination is high enough in a large part
of the world to seriously affect conservation strategies and
land-use decisions if these values were taken into account."

− Lautenbach et al, 2012

"When fields are sprayed with more pesticides, more fertilisers are
applied and valuable agricultural structural elements, such as hedges
and rows of trees, are transformed into fields, the insects vanish."

− Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, 2012

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