Will humanity end in 4 years if the bees disappear? There is no evidence, but the world would change

“If the bees disappear, we are not going to disappear in four years, that cannot be calculated. There are no studies that show that,” Paredes said.

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“Even if there were no bees of any kind, there are other insects and animals that are also pollinators [como mariposas, escarabajos, aves, lagartos o murciélagos] and for whose work the production of certain plants and certain animals would continue for the survival of humanity, which, moreover, due to its proven capacity to do so, would end up adapting”, indicated the expert Soto.

Cereals, such as wheat, rice [y también el maíz] They are crops that are pollinated by the action of wind and air, so they would not be affected if the bees are absent, in addition to providing products of high consumption for human beings, added Daniel Paredes, who also worked in 2019 as a researcher in the University of California.

If bees went extinct, “we would have access to a lower diversity of food and nutrients, but humanity would not disappear,” he added.

But it is true that the world we know would change substantially, since the diversity of food sources would be affected.

If the bees disappeared, we would stop eating apples, watermelons, cucumbers or chili

85% of food and fruit crops in the world are pollinated by many of the 20,000 existing bee species, indicates National Geographic.

Bees are part of the food chain of mammals that eat insects and when their population decreases, it affects all those who make up that chain by generating a domino effect, another article in National Geographic.

Without bees, the availability and diversity of fresh produce would decline substantially and human nutrition would likely suffer.

Apples and almonds, in addition to honey and wax, are among the everyday foods that we would no longer eat if these insects disappearedmentioned biologist Deedee Soto.

Watermelons, cucumbers and bell peppers would also run outaccording to Matthew Mulica, director of projects for Keystone Policy Centerconsulting company and collaborator with the Honey Bee Health Coalition, quoted by abcnews.

The bumblebee, a species of bees, is endangered in 8 US states

The bee population has been seriously affected. About 40% of honey bee colonies were lost between 2018 and 2019 in the United States, according to a University of Maryland study of that year.

Deedee Soto, the Xerces biologist, explained that honey bees have populations estimated at several million, even close to a few billion, she says, and in a hive there could be up to 10,000 individuals (even up to 80,000, according to the Spanish NGO Ecocolmena).

But wild bees are in greater danger. In the case of the American bumblebee, a type of bee, there are between 500 and 1,000 individuals per hive, so the impact on its population decline is much more alarming.

“A distinction must be made: honey bees [de miel] can stand [el declive] because they can be reproduced and a human effort is made in favor of it, because they generate an economic benefit”, he told theDetector the researcher Daniel Paredes.

But in the case of wild bees it is alarming, since they do not care about them in the same way” and are more vulnerable to being at risk of extinction, he added.

Climate change is one of the causes of the decline in the bee population

Among the events that affect these insects are the extreme temperature changes associated with global warmingbecause there are bees that reproduce “only at certain heights [sobre el nivel del mar] and with specific temperatures”, explains biologist Dedee Soto, so any variation of these conditions harms them.

Climate change is one of the factors that affects the decrease in the number not only of bees, but of all insects in the world, according to the study “Global decline of the entomofauna: a review of its drivers”published in 2019 and carried out by specialists from the universities of Sydney and Queensland, in Australia, and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Habitat loss and conversion to intensive agriculture and urbanization; pollution, mainly from pesticides and fertilizers; Biological factors, including pathogens and introduced (non-native) species, are the other main causes.

There is no evidence that Albert Einstein said the phrase about the disappearance of bees

no evidence that the physicist Albert Einstein (born in Germany, but who acquired Swiss and then American nationality) has expressed, verbally or in writing, this phrase that circulates, in accordance with snoopssince 2008 on social networks and that we have seen reappear in 2022, and has been reviewed or verified in 2014 and 2017.

Also, Einstein was not an entomologist (study of insects), biologist, or botanist, remember Snoops, which can be verified in his biography on the Nobel Prize website (he won the Physics Prize in 1921).

According to snoopsthe quote about bees attributed to Einstein virally on the internet was first used at a beekeeper protest in Brussels, Belgium, in 1994.

“It is a way to draw attention to the issue, perhaps those beekeepers said it to make it look [el problema de las abejas] more serious,” he told theDetector Daniel Paredes.

With this coincides a study carried out in 2017 called “Individual perception of bees: between perceived danger and the will to protect”, published by the National Library of Medicine.

In this lack of evidence confirming the authenticity of the statement attributed to the creator of the theory of relativity coincides Michael Pocock, environmentalist of the Center for Ecology and Hydrology in the United Kingdom, interviewed about it by the magazine Forbes in september 2014.

no evidence that only four years of life would remain for humanity if bees disappeared, as stated in the statement attributed to Einstein that is circulating on social networks and for which we did not find evidence either that the physicist (who was not a specialist in insects nor biologist) would have said it. It cannot be calculated that this would occur within four years and human beings would live for a long time if these insects became extinct, researcher Daniel Paredes and biologist Deedee Soto agree. To the rest of the supposed quote from Einstein, which says that without bees there is no pollination, missing context: in addition to them, there are other pollinators, such as birds and bats, with which we rely to cover our food. But it is true that if the bees disappeared, our sources of nutrition would be substantially affected and the plant and animal biodiversity we know today would change. There is indeed a decline in bee populations, honey bees and, more alarmingly, wild ones such as bumblebees. Climate change is one of the factors influencing this decline. Read here how we choose and assign our labels in the Detector.

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Will humanity end in 4 years if the bees disappear? There is no evidence, but the world would change