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Call to protect bees, key allies in fight against hunger

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Call to protect bees, key allies in fight against hunger


Fighting hunger

Posted 20/05/2019

The United Nations Organization for Agriculture and Food (FAO) has called on  governments of all the countries of the world to protect bees, "key allies in the fight against hunger."

The call came on  “World Bee Day,  Monday, May 20 and asked governments to "redouble efforts" in the face of the worrying decline of bee populations across the planet 

"It is also a threat to a wide variety of plants," said the entity.

More than 75% of the crops that feed the world depend in some way on the pollination of insects and other animals, so their absence could end coffee, apples, almonds, tomatoes or cocoa, explained the FAO.

According to experts of the agency of the United Nations, the amount of bees and other pollinators "is being reduced in many parts of the world due, in large part, to intensive agricultural practices, monoculture, excessive use of agricultural chemicals and higher temperatures associated with climate change ".

The disappearance of fruits, nuts, and many vegetables is feared because they are replaced by staple crops such as rice, corn and potatoes, which could lead to an unbalanced diet, warned the FAO.



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