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Corporate bee accountability among Swedish companies

Kristina, J. and Rimmel, G. ORCID: (2016) Corporate bee accountability among Swedish companies. In: Atkins, J. and Atkins, B. (eds.) The Business of Bees. Greenleaf Publishing, pp. 260-276. ISBN 9781783535224

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Imagine billions of workers who work without a break, in silence and without pay. This is the reality for bees. For a long time no one saw any value in the work they do. It has taken a tragedy for us to understand their economic value. In the US a large part of the natural wild bee population has died off; the same thing has happened in Europe. Pollinating insects are vital for the ecosystem to function, for the global economy, for modern consumer culture and for human survival. Without bees and other pollinators, more than 50% of the food we consume would disappear or sharply rise in price. Primary vegetables, fruit and berries are pollinated by bees. Meat and dairy products are dependent on pollinators, since large proportions of livestock fodder such as clover or alfalfa require pollination. Cotton is also pollinated by insects, as well as rubber trees. So without bees humans would have to live without jeans, T-shirts or sneakers, as well as refreshing fruits or a cup of coffee in the morning. Most of us would survive solely on corn, rice and wind-pollinated grains, but we would probably suffer from deficiency diseases such as scurvy.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
ID Code:73615
Publisher:Greenleaf Publishing


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