In a Bind
Putting it all on the table, DSI Student Show Jan 2014
What happens when the underlying framework of a system goes barren?
A third of the food we eat comes from crops that rely on animal-pollination, 80% of which is driven by bees. Bees fly up to 5 miles at a time, collecting and bringing back pollen to their hives. In the process they play a crucial role in our food system.
Buzzing from flower to flower, bees spread pollen to plants, giving life to the food that ends up on our dinner plate. Without that activity, our dinner tables would look very bare. Similarly, they play a crucial role in the natural world, cultivating wild plants– the producers and foundation of the food chain.
Simply put, bees are the cement that keeps our food and ecological systems together.
In the last few years in what is known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), bee populations around the world have been disappearing at alarming rates. There’s no conclusive explanation but a lot of evidence points towards recent advances in agriculture. Monoculture practices and pesticide use leave bees weak, malnourished, disoriented and…dead.
This news does not bode well for our global food system. And the tables will surely turn for the worse if we don’t begin to recognize our interconnected place in the world.