Fifteen billion dollars of the food industry comes from plants pollinated by honeybees—that’s about one-third of the food industry. Though unwelcome visitors at picnics, bees are vital to the ecosystem. Honeybees act as predictors to the health of the planet. More bees mean more pollination, greater crop yields, and a healthier ecosystem; whereas, a decline in bee populations is a sign of a sick earth. There has been a 90% decline in bee populations in the last twenty years. Ninety percent of the plants on our planet require pollinators to transfer pollen and help them reproduce.
Pugh, Savannah () "This Is Not the Bee’s Knees: A Critical View of the Government’s Lack of Policy to Conserve the Pollinators," Sustainable Development Law & Policy: Vol. 18 : Iss. 1 , Article 8. Available at: http://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/sdlp/vol18/iss1/8