How would your supermarket look if all the bees died?
The bees, clearly in decline, pollinate a number of foods that we simply love. The problem may not merit the attention and concern of most consumers, far removed from the real meaning of bee extinction in the world. That’s why Whole Foods in Texas decided to make the matter more visual.
The organic supermarket chain took photographs of the food we would have available to us with and without the interference of pollinating insects. They illustrate well the quantity and diversity of products we will have if all bees disappear.
The action aims to raise awareness of how insects are crucial in our food system. Whole Foods temporarily removed all products that come from pollination dependent plants – 237 of 453 items, 52% of the normal portion of the department.
According to Whole Foods, one in three bites of food comes from plants pollinated by bees and other insects. The major declines in bee populations threaten the availability of many fresh produce to which consumers are accustomed.
Published on June 22, 2013.