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| Last Updated:: 07/04/2023

Decline in pollinators linked to half a million premature human deaths every year, shows study




by Jeremy Hance, Mongabay India




  • Half a million people are currently dying prematurely every year due to global insect pollinator decline that has impacted the availability and price of healthy foods such as nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables, finds a new modeling study.




  • Middle-income countries, including India, Russia and China are among the hardest hit. Wealthy nations were more immune from pollinator decline.




  • Wild pollinators can be significantly increased by protecting existing, and creating new, pollinator habitat at the farm and national level, by reducing and eliminating the use of harmful pesticides like neonicotinoids, and by action on climate change.