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Petition: No Pollinators! Expect a silent, starving Spring...

Author: eld guden
Target: Ag Agency, Congressmen, Farmers, Gardeners, and Consumers
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Signatures: 8
Category: Environmental Degradation
End date: 2020-01-01
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Description: Food? There’s already been a lot of concern over whether people will be able to feed themselves as the population continues to rise. Forget the human population increasing, though – it’s the decrease in some other species that might really cause a food shortage even more quickly~pollinators. Altogether, the scientific community credits 200,000 different species with transporting pollen and helping crops to grow. Unfortunately, new research finds that 40 percent of the world’s insect pollinator species are in danger of going extinct in the upcoming decades. Bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, ants and beetles all play a role in the critical pollination process, and their numbers are dwindling. While pollinators with vertebrae – like birds and bats – may not be struggling quite as much as the bugs, 16 percent of vertebrate pollinators are considered at risk for extinction as well. These figures come from research by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, a group with ties to the United Nations. The organization’s report collected data from roughly 3,000 pre-existing studies on pollinator populations that were conducted throughout the world. In fairness, the majority of the research on this subject has focused on species in Europe and North America. Though the existing research in other parts of the world isn’t promising either, it’s a subject that will need to be explored more before declaring that the whole world is imminently doomed. Sadly, ending the pollinator decline isn’t as easy as fixing one thing. Pollinators face a number of threats including:Climate change,Disease,Pesticides,Invasive species,Unsustainable farming practices,Human construction destroying natural habitat. Losing pollinators to these factors has been devastating. Presently, pollinators play a role in growing as much as $577 billion worth of food. 75 percent of all crops are grown with the help of pollinators. From an economical standpoint, this pollinator decline should be a major concern for big agriculture. When it comes to growing crops, birds and insects essentially act as free labor, an invaluable asset that we humans don’t always factor into future costs. When we humans use harmful pesticides and engage in irresponsible farming practices that are correlated to pollinator declines, we aren’t doing ourselves any favors.

 

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We signed: No Pollinators! Expect a silent, starving Spring...
Ms Aziza Segizekova 2019-04-05 16:54:23 #8
Mr Thomas Dorsey 2018-04-25 07:25:36 #7
Mrs Rosemarie Flint 2017-06-18 16:46:10 #6
Miss carla renders 2017-06-05 04:27:28 #5
Ms Susannah Gelbart 2017-06-03 09:51:43 #4
Mr Yasutaka Imai 2017-06-02 23:03:35 #3
Ms Deborah Bortot 2017-05-26 15:06:20 #2
Ms eld guden 2016-03-14 07:18:23 #1