We all know that the food chain is a delicate system. What role does the bee have in the food chain? What would happen if the Bee suddenly died overnight? What would happen to our food chain?
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Breaking the Chain: How Bees Affect the Food Chain.
The food chain is a delicate system. If one thing changes, the rest will as well. All of the items on the food chain, would have to adapt if it were to ever change. Some animals would need to find new food, and some would find themselves safer with one less predator. It would be very hard to re-balance a food chain if it was thrown off dramatically. Especially if something vital or basic was taken out. This is just the case when it comes to the decline of the Bee population. They give us so much, that if this decline continues, the food chain will be affected dramatically.
.Bees are primarily consumed by spiders and birds. So if they were to continue to declining, these animals would have to find a new food source. If these animals fail to do that, then whatever animal feeds on them would need a new food source. This continues and continues, which obviously affects the food chain dramatically. Some species may even go extinct because of this. This basic food web will drastically change with the absence of Bees. And that is exactly what will happen if we continue to neglect this prominent issue that IS happening. The bee population is steadily decreasing every year, without further action, we may say goodbye to these helpful insects. Without further action, we may even lose some of OUR food resources. This leads us to the next thing that will change within the food chain.
There is an even more threatening issue to the Food Chain when talking about the Bee decline. If Bees were to continue to decline, over 70% of plants could go extinct. (including fruit, vegetables, cotton, nuts, etc). If these basic plants go extinct, an even large amount of species will go hungry and potentially starve. If a plant that many animals need to survive dies, then this affects the food chain drastically. Suddenly many animals are trying to find a different food source. Since bee’s pollinate and stabilize over 70% percent of plants, a large amount of species will suddenly go hungry. The limited food sources still left will only cause even more hardships for the animal kingdom. Eventually the competition and extinct plants will cause the entire food chain to shift drastically in hopes of survival. Even Man-kind will have to find different ways to eat, drink, and even dress themselves (with the absence of cotton, the method of making clothes will need to change). The bee decline is a glaring threat to the food chain, as well as our way of life.
Rabobank’s analyst Ruben Verwijs said in a statement:
“Around 90 agricultural crops - representing one third of global food production volume - are dependent to some extent on animal pollination. Foods and beverages produced with the help of animal pollinators include almonds, apples, blueberries, coffee, melons and soybeans.”
If the bee decline continues, the food chain will be threatened intensely. It will have to face a difficult shift without the plants that the basic animals on the bottom of the food chain need. Without this, the smaller animals (such as insects, small birds, etc), will no longer be available to secondary consumers, and so on. This will continue to affect practically every type of species on the large scale food chain. If we look into the future, it can have a long term effect that we would rather avoid. This includes humans struggling to find other sources of food. Our food supply will dramatically decrease and we will then need to devise a new way to do the things bees did naturally. Our own way of finding food, and natural resources will have to change completely just because we hadn’t taken the time to attempt and fix this problem about the Bee population decline.
Of course this can all be avoided if we simply begin to take the bee decline seriously, and begin to raise awareness on this pressing environmental issue. That is why you must educate yourself on the things causing Bee decline and find out all of the small things you can do to help save the bees and avoid these horrible side effects.
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