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This article talks about the decline of some species of bees that is hidden behind the mask of more common species rise. It is said that most of the species that are declining are the ones that help most in pollinating crops. Although some species are on the rise, we cannot depend on those saving us in years to come, as well as the biodiversity among bees will dissappear which could upset individuals that are interested in conservation. Scientists believe the declines are mainly rooted from the loss of habitat and possibly climate change. Scietists are encouraging wildlife friendly farming and gardening that will promote pollinators. 

I think this article highlights the significance of such a little insect can have on the well being of our planet. This article reminded me of a movie called the Bee Movie, where the honey bees stop pollinating and the whole city becomes dark and gloomy and shuts down. One thing that is taught in science classes is how everything on Earth is connected, you damage an individual, you damage a species, you damage a community and so on until you damage a whole ecosystem that will damage another, until there is nothing else left to damage. Yet people forget this because they become so fixated on themselves and blind to everything that surrounds them. I think this article is a good way to grab people's attention and encourage them to start thinking about their actions and how what they may be damaging will cycle and end up damaing themselves.
The concern for bees going endangered or even extinct is not a new idea and has been lingering ever since we humans have hit the beginning of our population growth curve back in the 1960s-1980s when more demand for products that came directly or indirectly from bees skyrocketed and the supply of honey was going down leading to more honey bees dying of starvation. Perhaps even earlier, in the years when the Industrial Revolution began, the sheer amount of man-made pollution that the world experienced might have sparked the inevitable decline of these important creatures. While it's good to see scientists suggesting friendly farming and gardening to preserve and protect bees, there needs to be a marketing strategy to bring this matter into the light for everyone and not just those who willingly go on forums to discuss these topics or search up the decline of bees themselves.
I agree with both of you. The decrease in bee population is a persistent epidemic that has cost catastrophic effects on the environment and wildlife alike ever since they became endangered in the late 1990s. The rapid decline in population has put our ecosystems in peril, as they are a vital aspect in maintaining a consistent and healthy ecosphere. We as humans can't be distracted by the increase in a population that does nothing for our food crops. We need to focus on the types of bees that are pollinating food crops. Efforts to bring light upon the looming extinction of pollinating bees have been made, but are to no avail. Insecticides have been found to be a major factor in the rapid population decline of wild bees, as these chemicals are used to target unwanted insects that may destroy crops. As a result of these chemicals being consistently sprayed, other insects that are necessary for proper crop development and environmental growth progress are, too, being targeted. Overall, a general consensus needs to be reached in order to stabilize the wild bee populations in order to continue the healthy development and growth of our crops.