In the United Kingdom, University of Reading researchers reveal that honeybee populations have declined by around half in the last two decades because of climate change, crappy pesticide management and human environmental impact. According to the USDA, in the United States the total number of managed honey bee colonies has decreased from 5 million in the 1940s to only 2.5 million today. Meanwhile, University of Bristol research claims that honeybees and other pollinators are responsible for 80 percent of all plant species in Europe, including fruits and vegetables.
While saving the bees is really, really important, it’s not at the top of everyone’s to-do list. The idea that our species is reliant on bees for survival? Not a lot of average Janes and Joes really seem all that concerned. Which is where Plan Bee Ltd has stepped in. In an effort to raise awareness, the sustainability consulting business has done a lot of work to promote just how direly our dinner tables, kitchens and supermarkets would be effected without bees. In an effort to drive the issue home, the company has created a before and after scene of a holiday feast in a world with and without bees.
Picture 1. Christmas dinner with bees
Picture 2. Christmas dinner without bees
Christmas is a really strong example of just how reliant we are on the humble little honeybee,” says Warren Bader, CEO and Founder of Plan Bee Ltd. “They help to pollinate a third of the food that we eat, and at Christmas that would mean no cranberry sauce, no parsnips or carrots, no cloves or cherries for your Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, no apples for your mince pies and no holly. But perhaps most importantly, love them or loath them, no Brussels sprouts!