Bees and other pollinating insects play a vital role in biodiversity and agriculture. Without bees there are no pollinating crops that end up as food on our dinner tables.
All over the world honeybee populations are dramatically declining, mainly due to harmful and extensive use of pesticides and biodiversity destruction, associated with this decline. The falling has significantly increased in recent years and affects countries and regions in which agriculture is industrialized: Europe, South and North America, Asia and even some African countries.
The disappearance of bees could be a catastrophe since a large number of wild and cultivated plant species would no longer exist (according to FAO, out of some 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide, 71 of these are bee-pollinated).
Slow Food wants to raise awareness of this dangerous phenomenon and is convinced that only a clean agricultural system that protects the landscape, does not harm the environment and preserves biodiversity.