Here’s What Would Happen to Your Groceries If Bees Went Extinct

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Whole Foods store in Lynnfield, Massachusetts — where the dairy aisle usually resembles the photo above — showed customers what their dairy aisle would look like without honeybees. And it’s a pretty scary sight.

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Without pollinators, say goodbye to fruit-flavored yogurt and that chocolate in your chocolate milk. Plus, plants that cows graze on would be depleted, so milk would be scarce. And it’s not just dairy; Whole Foods estimates that more than half of the produce department is dependent on bees.

Why all the attention on honeybees? They’re in serious trouble. Their populations have declined sharply due to factors like pesticides and lack of genetic diversity. The White House is evenstepping in, working on a strategy to save the honeybee population.

In a statement, Whole Foods urges customers to consider buying organic, pesticide-free food and flowers so bees can survive on their pollen. And next time you head to the grocery store, thank a honeybee.

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