500 million bees have died in Brazil in three months


More than 500 million bees have died in Brazil in less than three months, with around 400 million dead in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, 50 million in Santa Catarina and 45 million Mato Grosso do Sul, the BBC News reports.

While the bees have a highly importance role in the food chain, it seems that humans aren’t aware of it, yet, since the cause of this mass death is the use of pesticides, with neonicotinoids and fipronil considered the most dangerous ones.

According to BBC those pesticides used in Brazil have been banned in European Union, as they are considered  a really “poison package.” Greenpeace also reported an increase of the pesticides use in Brazil with 193 products containing banned chemicals in EU have been found in Brazil.

Recently, the bees have been declared the most important living beings on Earth. However, despite that, the recent studies show a dramatic decline of their number as almost 90% of bee population disappeared in the last few years. Unfortunately, the major factors of their decline are the use of pesticides, deforestation or the lack of flowers.

“As soon as the healthy bees began clearing the dying bees out of the hives, they became contaminated. They started dying en masse.” Aldo Machado, vice president of Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul beekeeping association, told Bloomberg.

Brazil isn’t the only negative example when it comes to bees mass death. According to BBC, more than one million bees died in South Africa in November last year. The US also registered the death of almost 40% of country’s honeybee colonies. Other countries as Canada, Argentina and Mexico have also joined the list.

Maybe it’s time for all of us to wake up and realize the importance of the bees for the world we all live in. The World Wildlife Foundation raises awareness and according to them and other conservationists groups, ‘in order to protect these hard-worker creatures we should immediately prohibit the use of pesticides, promote completely natural agricultural alternatives and we should monitorize carefully their health and welfare.’

“If the bees disappear, humans would have 4 years to live,” a man named Albert Einstein once said. Maybe be should think about that!