It took a while for humans to know how necessary nature is although humans haven’t understood it entirely at least we do some active work on some part. However, all isn’t lost as Mother Nature has given us some lovable insects like butterflies, ladybugs, and, of course, bees. Yes, you do get the occasional bee sting every once in a while, however, they outweigh your discomfort of its protection by being a significant part of the planet’s ecosystem.

Bees are declared the most vital living being on the earth, as concluded by the Earthwatch Institute at the last meeting of the Royal Geographical Society of London.

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Scientists say that bees became the single most vital animal in the world. So important that humanity is at stake if bee populations go south… which is, sadly, changing into a reality. Bored Panda reached out to Dr. George McGavin on the issue. Dr. McGavin is a zoologist, academic, and explorer, who has dedicated over 25 years to teaching students at Oxford, many of whom are currently within the forefront of conservation and insect biology.

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“There are around 20,000 species of bee (not just honey bees!) and many are solitary species,” elaborates Dr. McGavin. “Bees are essential to our survival—without the world’s bees, we would have to amendment our eating habits dramatically. No flowers, no fruits, no vegetables.”

According to a Greenpeace report, roughly 60 to 90 percent of the food we eat needs help from pollinators such as bees to reproduce.

Dr. McGavin adds: “We know we can’t feed the world’s population on meat and fish, that is already in short provide, so it’ll be bread and gruel all round.”

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As per The Science Times, 70% of the world’s agriculture depends completely on bees, whereas pollination – may be the most vital function of bees – allows the plants to reproduce. Without them, the fauna would shortly begin to disappear.

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Not only that, but a study conducted by the apiculture Entrepreneurship Center of the Universidad mayor (CeapiMayor) and also the apiculture Corporation of Chile (Cach), with the support of the foundation for rural Innovation (FIA), finished bees are the only living being that doesn’t carry any sort of pathogen – in spite of whether it’s a fungus, a virus or a bacterium.

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Despite this, bees have now been declared an endangered species, with recent studies showing a dramatic decline within the insects’ numbers; almost 90% of the bee population has disappeared within the past few years.

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