The sound of bees is more important than mushrooms, plankton and monkeys when it comes to the survival of life on earth as we know it
After an emotional debate among a group of international scientists about the main endangered species, the audience voted for the bees.
The annual debate was held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, sponsored by Earthwatch.
The public was asked if they could spend $ 1 trillion on preserving an endangered species that they would be.
Five scientists have presented cases from five different endangered species, arguing why each is as invaluable and indispensable as the cornerstones of different ecosystems.
The species were bees, mushrooms, plankton, monkeys, and bats.
While all are necessary to prevent their ecosystems from collapsing, the potential for bee extinction has been categorized as the most catastrophic.
Without the fungi, most land plants would die as the fungi transfer nutrients from the soil to the plant roots.
Plankton is the basis of the entire food web in the ocean.
Without bats, crops like bananas, mangoes, dates and tequila would fail. They also save millions of dollars on pesticides by consuming more insects.
Non-human primates are the main species in the conservation of tropical and subtropical forests.
However, bees were chosen as the most important.
“The bees cannot be compensated – their loss would be catastrophic,” said Dr. George McGavin of the Oxford University Natural History Museum across from the Guardian.
Seventy percent of the varieties of plants that humans eat depend on bee pollination.
“The partnership between flowering plants and pollinating insects, especially bees, is one of the most widespread and important symbiotic interactions on earth,” reports The Guardian. “This 100-million-year collaboration has resulted in a rich biodiversity and strengthened the rise of human dominance.
But not only people will suffer. Birds and small mammals feed on berries and seeds that depend on bee pollination.
“They will starve to death, and their predators – carnivores that continue the food chain – will starve,” says Alison Benjamin, author of The World Without Bees.
Benjamin accuses industrial agriculture of “monoculture and pesticides have destroyed biodiversity and robbed most of the bees from their habitat.”