A small association of beekeepers in a central region of Ukraine organised a meeting to discuss the decreasing bee population. The president of the association reported some alarming facts: "Currently the world is facing a crisis, in the form of the mass extinction of bees. Every year, one-third of bee families in the U.S. are lost, and over 20 percent die each year in Europe. According to world bee protection organisations, the main causes of the population decline include nutritional disturbance (the forced pollination of single crops), pesticides, pathogenic microorganisms, immunodeficiency, mites, fungi, the use of antibiotics in beekeeping, and electromagnetic radiation from cellular connections. Among the biggest threats is the use of agricultural chemicals. Scientists estimate that 75 percent of the world’s food crops depend on the state of beekeeping, while 84 percent of plants grown in Europe depend on pollination."
At the end of his presentation, the president quoted Albert Einstein: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left."
Participants at the meeting, discussed the possible solutions.
Farmers are interested in achieving big yields and reducing the cost of cultivating agricultural products, including the cost of pest control.
Beekeepers are interested in more environmentally friendly agricultural technologies, a reduction in the use of toxic chemicals on agricultural land, and the wider distribution of the agricultural crops from which bees produce the most honey. They demand timely and comprehensive information about the date, location and type of toxic chemicals applied so as to be able to protect their bees.
Citizens are interested in cheap and varied environmentally pure food products, including healthy honey.
The ongoing use of chemicals will result in the extinction not only of bees, but also of other species of insects. The end result will be a loss of biodiversity, leading to environmental catastrophe.