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I looked into this a year or two ago. A figure of 65% of so of Europe's agricultural plantlife was being bandied about, and the number was rooted in a study someone had done.
Originally Posted by squarepeg
It turned out that the 65 (or so) percent was the proportion of plants in European agriclture pollinated by bees, regardless of how whether they were foodstuffs or not (herbs used in the perfume industry for example were included.) There was no attempt to find a figure representing a relation of bees with staple food crops (which would give meaning to 'we will go hungry without bees' claims). Since almost all our staple foods don't need bees, you'd get a very different figure. Looking at the list it was clear that when it came to foodstuffs, it was largely food luxuries that were affected by pollination rates.
The idea that without bees we would suffer a major loss of foodcrops isn't in my view sustainable. Its a handy myth, shoved forward at every opportunity by those who's agendas it suits - and believed by those who don't make the effort to look into the realities.
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