Global farming trends a ‘threat to food security’

Global farming trends a ‘threat to food security’

Honey bee worker and a male Andrena sp on apple blossom, copyright Martin Husemann

Industrial agriculture’s growing dependence on single, pollinator-dependent crops is jeopardising global food security and economic stability, according to a large multinational study.

The research, published in the journal Global Change Biology, is based on 50 years of global and regional data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Results show that while the world’s total agricultural area increased by 40.6% over that period, land covered by crops reliant on pollination from bees and other insects grew by a massive 137%. 


Published by Cosmos Magazine.

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