Even if Albert Einstein has probably never said that “if the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live”, the worldwide bee colony collapse is serious enough to create a world bee day (May 20) and for José Graziano da Silva (FAO Director General) to mention “the role of […] bees, […] in increasing food security, improving nutrition and fighting hunger as well as in providing key ecosystem services for agriculture”.
Bee Population and Honey Production in Cuba
Insecticides are usually considered as one of the causes of this huge bee population reduction but there still are scientific discussions and argument exchanges. Fortunately, due to an embargo, one country uses a very limited quantity of insecticides and pesticides : Cuba. Between 1994 and 2016, number of beehives (resp. natural honey production) increased by 30% (resp. by 85%) making organic honey the fourth most valuable agricultural export behind fish products, tobacco and drinks. For example, in 2016, Germany imported 3000 metric tons of organic honey. The fact that the number of beehives decreased by 41% between 1995 and 2016 in Germany could be an explanation…
Emeric Nicolas, Head of Statistics – Sources: Beyond Rating, FAO