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Bees in the Big City

If you eat food, then you like bees. It’s estimated that one-third of the typical American diet depends on pollination by bees, and absent such pollination, nearly 100 fruit and vegetable crops would be wiped out. We wouldn’t be entirely without food, but we wouldn’t have almonds, apples, blueberries or grass-fed beef or dairy.

Our future would be very brown: carbohydrate-rich diets for everyone, as grains are mostly wind-pollinated crops. And not incidentally, the U.S. economy would lose $15 billion annually, while the global economy would be out $100 billion a year.