We have several very large rhododendron bushes in our yard. In the spring they are beautiful with pink and lavender flowers. There are thousands of blooms. What we have noticed over the years is that the honey bees are fewer and fewer. It seems impossible for what seems like less than a dozen to be able to hit all the areas they should be covering.
Of course no one likes to get stung so fewer bees is a good thing right? WRONG! They are desperately needed to pollinate all the fruits and vegetables that we have in our food supply. The impact on the economy is in the billions of dollars.
The article this week from The Strategic Sourceror is “What’s the Buzz? Honey Bees in serious danger”. It reveals in simple terms why we need to pay attention to this and solve the problem. We have created this issue with the increased use of pesticides and the planned crops instead of wildflowers. Apparently the wildflowers sustain the bee population better than other crops.
Published in June 2014, the US White House has issued a fact sheet, “The Economic Challenge Posed by Declining Pollinator Populations”. Here are a few facts stated in the document:
- Honey bees pollinate 90 of the North American crops and 87 of the leading 155 food crops, representing 35% of the global food production.
- Honey bees account for more than 15 billion dollars to the US economy
How does that impact procurement? The law of supply and demand could cause prices to increase on a something needed for your business. All the supermarkets, restaurants and food services will be impacted if the price of food increases. When the consumer has less disposable income, less is spent on clothes, cars, travel and entertainment. There is a ripple effect that will cause procurement to seek alternatives in order to contain costs.
How has your organization been impacted by the honey bee? Perhaps not at all but do you have something similar? Is it something that seems minor but has the potential to cause a major shift in your industry?
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