沒有蜜蜂下的超級市場⋯⋯How our supermarkets would look like if all the bees died off?

也許很多人都聽說過蜜蜂的重要性,但蜜蜂數量下降是事實,這個事實近年來更成為科學家們的研究焦點。

也許你會認為蜜蜂數量持續下降與你無關, 但實情是,蜜蜂在農業生產中擔當著很重要的角色,這更是直接影響到我們的食物供應。

透過蜜蜂傳播花粉,農作物得以繁殖生長,然後才有我們常吃的到的蔬菜水果。假如蜜蜂數量持續下降, 很多食物的供應會受到影響,特別是新鮮的食物。

為了讓人們意識到蜜蜂在食物生產活動中的重要性,美國 University Heights Whole Foods Market 做了一個小實驗,就是從貨架上取下那些依賴蜜蜂傳播花粉生產的食物(下圖):

Many people may now know the importance of bees; however, they are currently the centre of attention of scientists and companies because of the decline in their population. You may think that it doesn’t concern you if their numbers continue to drop right?  However, bees play an important part in agriculture, especially with the food you eat.

The plants that pollinates from honeybees help grow crops, fruits and vegetables. If their population continues to decrease, the fresh ingredients that many consumers relay on may not be sufficient and availability will be affected. So in order to provide the residents with the message that food production is crucial, the University Heights Whole Foods Market store removed products in the supermarkets and grocery stores that highly depend on bees and other pollinators in order to produce. See the “after effect” below:

現在你看到蜜蜂對我們有多重要嗎?
So, could you now realise how important bees are to us?

Source: www.go.asia, Original: Grist
Special Credit: Jianne Soriano

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