Pollination / Interdependence

Pollination - Interdependence

Life is more interconnected and interdependent that we commonly realize. Plants are pollinated by abiotic and biotic means. Abiotic pollination is largely pollination by wind and only amounts to 10% of flowering plants. 90% of all pollination requires pollinators, a great majority of which are insects.

In the recent years, we are observing what is called a pollinator decline, a fancy way of saying decrease in certain insect populations, most probably because of habitat destruction, pesticides, parasitism, diseases etc. If we consider that one third of human nutrition is due just to bee pollination, you can only imagine the consequences. We need to immediately realize that life is interdependent, before we introduce chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, GMO's, synthetics etc. As a species, we are not as "clever" as we like to think. The more I read, the more I'm becoming convinced that technology will not solve our existentialist problems, but likely exacerbate them; that is unless we wake up right away and "see" that life is interdependent. It is asinine to assume that the work done by the 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) insects that are alive at any given time, can be done any other way!

Song of the Day: Wasp / Behind The Wall of Sleep / Basically / NIB - Black Sabbath (1970)
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