Meals Without Bees – A Photo Series by Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels has released a photo series depicting a day’s worth of typical meals – but in a near-future without bees.
What do hotels have to do with bees? The two don’t really go hand-in-hand, do they? Hotels…bees…hotels…bees…
Well, in a world with declining bees you certainly wouldn’t get a complimentary breakfast – or perhaps any breakfast, anywhere…
As a matter of fact, one in every three bites of food consumed around the world depends on pollinators, bees in particular, for a successful crop, and without these hard-working insects most of our favorite foods would sadly not exist.
Furthermore, bees are responsible for the reproduction of alfalfa and clover, which feed cattle and other grazing animals, so without them we would lose a significant portion of our milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and ice creams.
They note what a dull world it would be without treats – but that losing our pollinators to the overuse of toxic pesticides and other factors can make us lose the foods we need to survive. It threatens the survival of the animals we absolutely depend on for our ecosystem to continue.
“Some of the most vitamin and mineral-rich foods are dependent on insect pollination,” they wrote. “Deficiencies in these nutrients can have devastating effects on human health, with an increased risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as well as malnutrition and mortality in less-developed regions.”
Without further ado, here are the photos of typical American meals and their paltry bee-less counterparts. Also listed is the food that’s missing.
All photos © Fairmont 2017, used with permission.
Breakfast After Decline of Bees…
Almonds, blueberries, sunflower seeds/oil, coffee, orange juice, pumpkin seeds/granola, raspberries and strawberries. Apparently, the butter block is canola oil whose crops would also be affected, although should not be eaten by humans/mammals.
Lunch/Dinner After Decline of Bees…
Cucumbers, onions, mustard, peppers, potatoes, sesame seeds and tomatoes.
Dessert After Decline of Bees…
Apples, blackberries, kiwis and pumpkin.
Please note that these are just a sampling of example meals – more foods and crops would be affected than what are depicted in this series.
As you can see, it’s not just the honey we stand to lose if we ignore the plight and let corporate chemical companies run over the land. Some solutions are to continue to speak out, let consumer demands be heard and talk to your representatives.
Fairmont’s depictions of meals without bees has a slider feature to really get a visual of our food supply without our pollinators. They include in-depth descriptions of why each food is affected.
This is only my opinion, but I almost think the depictions above are too subdued compared to other reports.
Anyone feeling a little hungry?