( CNN) Maybe you could stand to live in a world without honey. But what about almonds, pears, avocados, grapes and — dare we say — wine?
But pollinators, a diverse group that includes insects and animals such as birds and at-bats, are under threat because of widespread pesticide use, climate change, the emergence of foreign pests, diseases and habitat loss. Between April 2015 and April 2016, beekeepers in the United States lost 44 percent of their colonies and in the UK, beekeepers reported losses of nearly 17 percent, according to the British Beekeepers Association.
If you’re a beekeeper, farmer or customer you have something to lose if bees disappear — and a significant role to play in their survival.