Panic buying and the looming Brexit has made people consider how their plates might start to look different in the future, but in a world without bees Christmas dinner would be very far from the feast that we’re used to.
To mark Christmas day, honey manufacturer Rowse has created images to show how bland the festive dinner table would look with staples such as broccoli, carrots and Brussel sprouts all missing.
The images show an enormous Christmas feast with all the trimmings, contrasted with a more palltry spread consisting of turkey surrounded by empty bowls and plates.
Honey manufacturer Rowse have produced new images to show how badly the traditional Christmas meal would be affected if bees disappeared from the planet
Three quarters of the crops that produce food are reliant on pollinators such as bees in order to grow.
A lack of pollination among the food crops can lead to misshapen or bland crops and in some cases, no produce at all.
Rowse point out that without bees a Christmas dinner would be reduced to turkey, potatoes and parsnips.
The latter veg could survive because it is self-pollinating, but carrots – which rely on beed – would not.
Surrounded by empty plates and serving bowls, the turkey would only be served with potatoes and parsnips on the side, rather than all the usual trimmings expected at Christmas
It’s not just the main course affected though, with desserts such as Christmas pudding and trifle off the menu without bees.
Earlier this year, Rowse also released a series of shocking photos showing how bleak, colourless picnics would be without bees.
They created a series of thought-provoking images, which depict a pollinator-free outdoor hamper, in a bid to highlight the important part bees play in the food we consume every day.
Without the buzzing workforce, Brits would not be able to consume some of their favourite summertime food and drinks.
Honey manufacturer Rowse has created thought-provoking images to highlight the effect a world without bees would have on Briton’s much-loved picnic favourites. Pictured left, with bees, and right, without
Without bees, and other pollinators, people would be forced to eat bland and colourless food and forgo their summertime favourites – including – ice cream sundaes, strawberries and cream and cider – which all rely on bees. Pictured left, with bees, and right, without
Instead of picnic baskets filled with a rainbow of nourishing treats, we would be faced with the prospect of bland looking food, or worse, none of our must-have items.
Gone would be the days we could enjoy freshly squeezed orange juice with our fruit salad or avocado breakfast, while the top three favourite British summertime foods and drinks – ice cream sundaes, strawberries with cream, and cider – would not exist.
Things we would miss out on without bees
- Fruit – including apples, strawberries, lemons, grapes, watermelon, avocado, tomato, oranges and limes
- Vegetables – including broccoli, carrot and celery
- Tea and coffee
- Honey and jam
Many people are unaware of the crucial role the miniature heroes play in our diets, with a staggering three-quarters of food crops reliant on pollinators.
Well-pollinated plants produce larger, more uniformed and tastier fruit and vegetables.
In comparison, those with inadequate plant pollination can result in crops being misshapen or bland – or none at all.
Even meat and dairy products benefit from bee pollination, as cattle often rely on insect pollinated plants, like clover.
Without bees, plates would be beige and tasteless – dishing up bread, mushrooms and potatoes alongside meat or fish.
Popular seasonal traditions would look completely different, with afternoon tea off the menu too.
Bees pollinate tirelessly to help create our delicious plates of food every day.
For instance, a honey bee typically has a foraging radius of three miles — venturing far away from home every day for work.
They are so dedicated, it takes as many as 12 honey bees’ entire lifetimes to produce just one teaspoon of honey.
The number of British beehives has declined by nearly 75 per cent over the last century, and the UK is missing nearly 40 per cent of the beehives needed to future-proof honey sustainability..
In order to protect the tireless workers, Rowse is recruiting a new generation of British bee farmers through its ‘Bee a Bee Farmer’ apprenticeship to create a more sustainable future for the creatures.