The economists in the UK consider honey bees to be a valuable asset. In fact, they are worth more to the economy of the United Kingdom than the royal family.
The royal family has a role to play in the economy of the UK. The overall pomp and show not to mention the palaces and sightseeing by tourists causes an amount of money to the tune of 500 million pounds to accrue to the coffers of the UK economy.
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However, the amount that comes in due to honey production thanks to beehives and honey bees is close to 651 million pounds. This phenomenon has seen a growth of nearly three times since the mid 90s. With the increasing scarcity of bees on a worldwide scale, the economies of the world could be adversely affected.
The climate and certain inhospitable conditions have caused bee populations to go down. This of course could lead to drastic losses on an economic level since bees are responsible for pollinating many crops.
Especially, many of the main crops in the UK are heavily dependent upon bees for their cross-fertilization. A large percentage of apples and about half the strawberries in England are subsisting on bee behavior for their evolution into final fruition.
These two crops alone cause a whopping 200 million pounds worth of economic gain for the UK. The culprit seems to be neonicotinoid pesticides which throw the immune system of the bees out of whack. This study is published in the journal Nature Communications.
Many Brits want a ban put upon such pesticides and they are petitioning the matter, according to Telegraph. The Environment Minister has especially been pressurized to pass a bill outlawing these particular pesticides. If things were to go out of control in the future, the very economy could collapse.
The rural landscape would face the worst effects of this disaster. Who would not want to eat strawberries with sugar and cream or bite into a crunchy apple. But were the bee population adversely affected then the result would not be good at all. Then we can wave all these luxuries goodbye.
The percentage of bees that pollinate the majority of the crops in the UK are a mere 2%. So if this small number were to be decimated, Brits would be in somewhat of a fix. Since the middle of the 20th century, bee populations have been on the decline. And this is indeed a cause for intense worry.
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