Not Just Bees and Butterflies: Nearly All Insects are in Decline


According to a growing global scientific consensus, nearly all insects are dying off, and if we don’t solve this problem soon, the repercussions could be huge. That’s because insects are an important part of global ecosystems – providing not only important pollinations services but occupying an important place on the bottom of the food chain for many animals. Fewer insects mean less food, leading to plant and animal population declines all the way up the chain.

So what’s causing the insect decline? To put it simply, us. The specific causes are likely very complex but are almost certainly connected to human impacts. Whether it’s chemicals, like the pesticides, the growing number of rivers and waterways that are polluted due to factory and agricultural run-off, or the still-growing number of pollutants we’re putting into the atmosphere, humans are the likely culprit. Another often cited cause is the overuse of nitrogen fertilizer which is a far too common practice in industrial agriculture.

You can reduce your impact by eliminating chemicals at home by choosing natural alternatives and buying organic produce, which does not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides when it’s grown. Together, we can help reverse the insect decline.

Nithin is an eecosphere Impact Mill and freelance writer who focuses on cultural, economic, and environmental issues in developing countries with an aim at building channels of communication and collaboration around common challenges. He alternates between a home in California and working on social projects in Africa and Asia.