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Bees and pollinators - why it's not enough to place a beehive

Tsilla Boisselet

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&lt;p&gt;You might have come across the photo of a supermarket with full shelves of fruit and vegetables, and then the same one without most of them, stating: &amp;ldquo;life with vs life without bees&amp;rdquo;. The losses in bee population are alarming, as about two-thirds of the crop plants that feed the world rely on pollination. Pollination is a time-consuming, highly specialized service whose value can be counted in billions of dollars, dispensed for free, that we compromise with more or less harmful pesticide applications since long time&lt;sup&gt; &lt;/sup&gt;and the loss of natural and diverse ecosystems.&lt;/p&gt;


&lt;p&gt;So, if it is known that bees are essential for our food production, pesticides can kill bees, and bee populations are dramatically shrinking, why can&amp;rsquo;t we just deposit a couple of beehives in a field - avoiding neonicotinoids and similar treatments - to solve the pollination question? Why do we still care for biodiversity?&lt;/p&gt;

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