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South Africa: challenges facing bees could threaten food security

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Agricultural Research Council Senior Researcher, Mike Allsopp, says there is not enough food to keep our honey bee population alive in South Africa.

This comes after the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the first time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilise plants as they move from flower to flower.

In doing so, the FAO says bees may have a key role to play in improving the production of some two billion smallholder farmers worldwide and ensuring the food security and nutrition of the world’s growing population.

Allsopp says the demand for pollination is beginning to stretch the current bee population and the country’s ability to provide bees to pollinate the crops.

SABC News Online, 22 April 2016 –
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