Remember the “beepocalype” of 2011, when people started catching on to the fact that colony-collapse disorder was slowly killing honeybees around the world? Sure you do.
Turns out, honeybees are important to the food that we eat—bees help pollinate crops that are worth more than $200 billion a year. (You know, crops like the kale that you apparently just can’t live without, and all those other things you put in your morning green juice.)
To illustrate this frightening truth, A Whole Foods Market in Providence, RI, temporarily removed “all produce that comes from plants dependent on pollinators.” When all was said and done, 52 percent of the produce department was empty.
With bees, this is what the produce isle of your neighborhood Whole Foods looks like…
And here’s what it looks like without bees, which is really concerning (notice the absence of avocados)…
Whole Foods pulled this stunt a year and a half ago, but it’s gaining traction again due to the creation of the fabulous sliding GIF above, which gets the point across in a way that a still image never could.
So, what’s the culprit of mass deaths of honeybees? In the past year, a number of studies have appeared in scientific journals suggesting the culprit behind such deaths are widely-used pesticides called neonicotinoids.
And The Washington Post reports that it’s not just bees that have been impacted, according to researchers.
So if you cherish your dinosaur kale and guacamole, you better stop using pesticides, like, right now.