There is no plan Bee for when we run out of pollinators
Pollination is a vital process of nature that isn’t very well known, but is extremely important in the food growing processes. Pollen has to be transferred between two flowers of the same species, which then fertilizes the flower and
allows the production of healthy seeds on the plant.
Bees: The most recognized pollinators are the various species of bees, which are plainly adapted to pollination. Bees typically are fuzzy and carry an electrostatic charge. Both features help pollen grains adhere to their bodies.
Other insects: Many insects other than bees, including butterflies or bumblebees, accomplish pollination by visiting flowers for nectar or pollen, or commonly both. This can even happen accidentally.
In order to visualize the predicted data in year 2050, an international team of climate scientists, economists and energy systems modellers have built a range of new “pathways” that examine how global society and demographics might change over
the next century. These pathways are collectively known as the “Shared Socioeconomic Pathways”:
SSP1: Sustainability – Taking the Green Road.
SSP3: Regional Rivalry – A Rocky Road.
SSP5: Fossil-fueled Development – Taking the Highway.
We analyze the production of three important elements that are heavily influenced by pollination:
Folate (vitamin B-9) is important in red blood cell formation and for healthy cell growth and function.
Food energy is chemical energy that animals (including humans) derive from food through the process of cellular respiration.
Vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication.
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Pollination Contribution to Nutrition (Food Energy) in 1945
Pollination Contribution vs Unmet Need (in %) over the years
What is the percentage of pollination contribution to Food Energy in 1945?
What is the percentage of pollination-dependent production loss?
Pollination Contribution to Food Energy in 2015 (Bottom) vs SSP1 (Top)
Pollinators need good foraging resources, places that are rich in
pollen and nectar. They need to nest and to eat in a natural,
However, the absence of an appropriate habitat
for bees could lead to a continuous decline in pollination, affecting millions of people.
Logscale graph showing people in millions impacted in different regions in 2050. Hover over a rectangle to compare the regions.