The year opened with so many problems which have snowballed month after month. Our species has therefore almost been forced to ignore major changes that will sooner rather than later affect us all. Our seas are over fished and the mammals of the sea are becoming reduced in numbers as we have eaten up their food stocks of fish as well as most of our own. The numbers of birds are dwindling and many are probably down to critically small quantities especially in the smaller varieties. What may affect mankind most of all are the dramatic drop in flying insects. These are our pollinators – they are the life givers of our crops and we rely on them for large quantities of food production. They have dropped so drastically in numbers in some regions of the world that crops are having to be pollinated by hand – flower by flower to reap any harvests at all.
We all noticed that honey bees were no longer visiting our gardens … but did any of us quite realise just how many other flying insects had also stopped visiting as well? Somehow we need to turn around the demise of these precious creatures because without them - we and all other species on this planet will have a very difficult time. Can you imagine what food prices will soar to if crops have to be manually pollinated? How scarce all food will be when there is less to go around.
How can we turn things around? How can we prevent the situation from getting any worse? We all need to take ownership. Perhaps it’s time to say no to pesticides and insecticides. We may need to ask more questions about our food … perhaps even just buy organic food produce. We should also think about increasing the amount of flowers in our gardens – not just any flowers but ones that are specifically used by insects for breeding purposes. Annuals are useful for this and it is surprising what just a few scattered around a garden will do to help.