Ecological Collapse Incoming: Massive Insect Die-Offs Threaten Humanity
How you can help stop the damage
According to a recent study, in just 100 years, the majority of insect species could face extinction.1
“It is very rapid. In 10 years you will have a quarter less, in 50 years only half left and in 100 years you will have none,” said Francisco Sánchez-Bayo, the author of this study.
That’s a shocking 2.5% drop in insects each year.2
While this may sound like a dream come true for arachnophobes, it would devastate the ecosystem and alter life as we know it.
Without insects, the natural balance is thrown into chaos.
- Many desired plants don’t get pollinated and die off.
- Other invasive plants go unchecked and take over.
- Dead animals, rotting vegetation, and waste accumulate and contribute to disease.
And that’s just the beginning.
Animal species that survive on insects will starve.
Not to mention the natural resources insects create, such as honey, beeswax, and silk.
If we’re not careful, these are problems we will be facing very soon.
In fact, just between 2008 and 2013, the wild bee population dropped by 23%!3
What is to blame for this ecological collapse?
The primary cause of the decline in insects, small mammals, and birds is agriculture intensification.
See, the areas that serve as a natural habitat for these creatures are being destroyed and flattened into crops.
Wetlands are being drained, floodplains are being modified, streams are being channelized, canopy cover is being hacked away, and natural soil and nutrients are being eliminated.
And to add to the damage, these areas are heavily polluted with industrial synthetic pesticides.
Neonicotinoid pesticides, in particular, have been linked to the steep bee population decline.
But pesticides aren’t the only problem.
Herbicides play an indirect role in insect population decline by reducing the diversity of plants that many insects rely on for survival.
And get this:
While today’s farming is entirely dependent on chemicals and changes to ecosystems, it hasn’t always been this way.
See, back before the third agricultural revolution, food was grown organically and in tune with local ecosystems.
It wasn’t until agricultural chemicals were introduced that monoculture began.
Monoculture is a system of agriculture that eliminates the diversity of different crops in an area in favor of growing a single type of crop at a time.
This lack of diversity is detrimental to insect populations.
If we don’t change the way we produce food, many insect species will become endangered or entirely extinct within decades.
Monarch butterfly populations have already been devastated — moreover, 90% of monarch butterflies have been eliminated thanks to the indirect effects of the herbicide glyphosate.
Overall, flying insect abundance has dropped by 75% in the last 27 years.4
But there’s hope: Many farms have already begun to change food production by using organic, low-impact growing methods.
And the best way you can help is by speaking with your dollar and supporting organic food production.
If you buy organic, locally sourced foods, industrialized agriculture will take a significant hit, which will force low-input farming styles.
Buying organic is a small price to pay for the protection of our ecosystems
To your health,
President, Clear Health Now