Save The Bees

Are you a coffee lover? If so I have some bad news for you. A research team modeled Latin America, specifically where coffee is grown. The team studied the area under several global warming scenarios found it could be problematic in the future for coffee and bees in Latin America.

“The team consisted of experts from the Smithsonian in Panama; the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Vietnam; the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in Costa Rica; Conservation International and the University of Vermont in the U.S.; CIRAD in France; and CIFOR in Peru.”

With all the different scenes played out only about five species of bees survived, in coffee suitable areas. With only 10 species surviving.

With huge chunks of land no longer suitable for coffee, it forced experts to look for alternatives. By switching crops or production system where bees are predicted to have a decrease in.  Some of the strategies may help increase bee habits as well as helping to keep native bees around. Lots of different coffee types grow in large trees with plenty of shade, so that way it can lure in a specific bees.

Although intense studies were factored, one thing they didn’t think about was Africanized Honey Bees. They were accidentally released in Brazil in 1957. Where many natives thought that they would destroy anything in their sight and damage the ecosystem. But they were wrong;, Africanized Honey Bees worked just as hard fertilizing the local plants. Which made more pollen and nature to the native bees.

“Africanized honey bees in the Western Hemisphere both regulate their nest temperature and their own body temperature using water” “When the climate is hotter — unless it’s too dry — they’re better adapted to endure climate change and pollinate coffee — an African plant” stated by  David Roubik a entomologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute .

Even with climate change making it harder to produce coffee, it still very well may be possible for coffee producers making coffee.


Author: imluisgutierrez

Just trying to inform you

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