A new study issued in the Biological Conversation journal concluded that insects would extinct if we don’t change the way we produce foods. Even more, the insects would extinct by eight times faster than other living creatures on Earth, and the repercussions of that would be catastrophic.
“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades. The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic, to say the least,” the researchers wrote in their study’s report in Biological Conversation.
At this moment, some insects species are already on the brink of extinction. According to scientists, above 40% of all the insect species on the Earth are already going extinct. Among them, there are Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera and dung beetles (Coleoptera), which are the most affected species. Some aquatic taxa are also endangered and lost many of their species. All because of the way we produce foods.
Insects Would Extinct Faster Than Other Living Creatures Because Of The Way We Produce Foods
Human activity is behind the threat affecting the insects around the world. Our agricultural practices, especially the intensive agriculture which leads to the insects’ loss of habitat, along with agro-chemical pollutants, invasive species and climate change, are the primary culprit for the future insects’ extinction.
“If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and for the survival of mankind,” explained Francisco Sanchez-Bayo from the University of Sydney, in Australia.
“The 2.5% rate of annual loss over the last 25-30 years is ‘shocking.’ It is very rapid. In 10 years you will have a quarter less, in 50 years only half left and in 100 years you will have none. If this food source is taken away, all these animals [birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish] starve to death,” Sanchez-Bayo added for The Guardian.
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