In Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood novel, the author makes a clear emphasize on bees and how the world of the Gardeners turns around them. In a matter of fact, bees are really important in life. An extinction of the species could lead to the end of the world and I will explain you why.
First of all, we all know how crucial bees are when it comes to pollination. When a bee is looking for the nectar of a flower (which is their main source of food), pollen that comes from the male part of flower sticks to the bee. Pollen is what call the grains of a flower. After the bee has finished collecting the nectar of a flower, it forages to another flower transporting with it the pollen. This finishes by entering the female part of the flower which creates afterward a new flower.
During the fall, those flowers often turn out to be apples, cherries, blueberries and other different kinds of fruits. Actually, most of our alimentation depends on the process of pollination and the main pollinators are bees. Unfortunately, many of them are dying. This means that our entire food chain is collapsing. Even the cotton industry that produces clothes that we use depends on pollination. Also, herbivore animals and cattle are the first ones depending on pollination to survive. Without cattle, some people would not be able to eat meat anymore. Therefore, the meat provision will drop and carnivores too except vultures.
Finally, the disappearance of bees will even impact our provision of water. This seems unbelievable at first sight, but if pollination stops, the vegetation will decrease because it is unable to reproduce itself. If that happens, the soil will begin to dry and will cause a major arid soil and desert which means that water will disappear because it would not be able to be maintained in the soil which is what vegetation permits to do.
One of the major causes of the disappearance of honeybees is global warming creating a deregulation in the climate, and, therefore affects honeybees time for pollination. Also, the use of pesticide, especially, neonicotinoids, can affect an entire honeybee population’s view. Neonicotinoid is a poison that sticks to the bee and can contaminate the entire honeybee if the bee return to its beehive. Some symptoms are paralysis and death. In my opinion, the Gardeners were wise people who knew that without honeybees we would not survive, not like the rest of the population. I think a return to the base is needed to our world. Let me know what you think about it. Should we take a step back in our way of life or continue with our non-renewable lifestyle? Please leave a comment below.
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