Large solar power installations can help save the bees, according to a study done by the Argonne National Laboratory. With approximately 75% of the food we eat a product of successful pollination, it is high time to include their well-being in our land use decisions. Building solar facilities, in this case, does not only lessen our carbon footprint or help alleviate the effects of climate change, it also has the potential to rehabilitate biodiversity specifically those that pollinate crops included in our daily diet.
Bees are important in sustaining food production and also play a crucial role in keeping the planet healthy. While they seem to be neglected especially in emerging economies such as the Philippines, it does not mean that no one should make a move to save them.
The rapid decline of the world’s bee population is putting food security at risk. While food insecurity is already a problem around the world, the loss of colonies can have a more devastating impact on human life and on the planet. In response to this problem, the Department of Energy in the United States started a study on how solar energy facilities can become habitats for pollinators. This is a land use solution that does not only produce clean energy but also helps save bees and by extension, ensure food security in the country.
Salucop Energy has been working on such solutions and its body of research will be put in place in its first large installation.
It is noted that if a large portion of the bee population dies, our crops will be at risk including those that we eat and drink on a daily basis. If you enjoy eating apples, you won’t have them as much anymore if bees are not around because the production won’t be the same. The supply, as one would surmise, will not be able to fulfill the demand. The same situation will happen with coffee, chocolate, and other produce.