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How much of the world‚??s food production is dependent on pollinators?
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: September 02, 2021 06:25PM

The populations of many pollinator insects ‚?? bees, wasps, and
butterflies ‚?? are in decline. Many crops rely on pollinators which
raises concerns about the future of our food.

Three-quarters of our crops depend on pollinators to some extent, but
only one-third of global crop/production/does. This is because many of
our largest producing crops (staples such as cereals) are not dependent
on them at all.

Very few crops are completely dependent. Most would see a decline in
yields if pollinator insects disappeared, but would not collapse
completely. Taking all this in account, studies suggest crop production
would decline by around 5% in higher income countries, and 8% at
low-to-middle incomes if pollinator insects vanished.

See: How much of the world‚??s food production is dependent on
pollinators? - Our World in Data
[ourworldindata.org]



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