A World Without Bees

Global Food Politics


The world’s bee populations have been under stress in recent years, fueling concerns over the future of agriculture.  The combination of colony collapse disorder—the cause of which remains disputed—and expanded use of certain classes of pesticides have fuelled sharp die-offs in bee populations in Europe and the United States. In response, the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides believed to be harmful to bee populations, and researchers at Washington State University of proposed a bee sperm bank  to attempt to preserve the genetic line of bee populations. In the meantime, bee populations continue to fall.

What many people don’t realize is how dependent we are on bees for agriculture. In an effort to illustrate the scope of the problem posed by the loss of bee populations, the University Heights (Rhode Island) Whole Foods Market store temporarily removed produce dependent on bees for pollination services. In…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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