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Why humans (and everything else) need bees to survive

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Bees pollinate a third of everything we eat.

They pollinate most fruit and vegetables, numerous nuts as well as plants such as rapeseed, sunflowers, cocoa beans, coffee, tea and cotton.

Bees also pollinate crops grown as food for livestock.

Crop pollination by bees is worth almost R2.5 trillion, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Bees are indispensable to the planet’s ecosystem.

We are dead without them.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Professor Jill Atkins of the Wits School of Accountancy.

Atkins talked about the science of bees and environmental accounting.

Environmental accounting is a subcategory of accounting.

It incorporates economic and environmental information.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

If people disappeared nature will thrive. If bees disappeared all life on Earth would be at risk.

Professor Jill Atkins

Bee decline has a huge financial impact.

Professor Jill Atkins

Colony Collapse Disorder was first noticed around the turn of the century.

Professor Jill Atkins

Varroa mites are part of the reason for Colony Collapse Disorder.

Frederick Bezuidenhout (North-West University)

Bees don’t have good immune systems.

Professor Jill Atkins

There are literally millions of hives being transported around the United States every year.

Professor Jill Atkins

Industrial bee-keeping seems to contribute to Colony Collapse Disorder.

Professor Jill Atkins

There are parts of China where all the bees have disappeared. They have to, literally, pollinate everything by hand.

Professor Jill Atkins

Integrated reporting brings environmental and social issues into the core of business strategy.

Professor Jill Atkins

If the United States lost its bees it will cost $90 billion to pollinate by hand, if there were enough people to do it, which there aren’t.

Professor Jill Atkins

Bees are a big financial issue and must therefore be part of integrated reporting.

Professor Jill Atkins

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