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The Natural Resources Defence Council Essay

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Earth’s Underappreciated Workers "Sometimes you hit a point where you either change or self-destruct” (Sam Stevens). Not only does this apply to the individual, but to communities, and societies as well. Many people are not fully aware of the dire situation, we as humans, have put these creatures in; the extinction of honeybees is mutual destruction for both the bees and humans. Humans are only speeding up the process with a multitude of harmful industries and other aspects. Bees are important for United States consumerism, agriculture, and the environment, yet humans continually abuse them, negatively impacting many important aspects of society and contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder. A multitude of people are poorly educated on honeybees, and put them into the same abrasive category as wasps and yellow jackets. Honeybees are a vital part of almost all enivorments and should be protected at all costs. These bees are not only important for the earth, but create a thriving aspect of the American market and economy. The Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) states, "In the US, bees pollinate over $15 billion worth of crops. This includes our favorites like apples, berries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, alfalfa, and almonds”. Without these indespensable worker bees, then the demand for such crops would be very high in comparison to the dwindling-to-nonexistent supply. The honey industry is strong, profitable, and contributes to consumerism. The NRDC
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