The world’s insect population is on the path declining, shows a major international study, posing a threat of a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”.
The study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, cited intensive agriculture, particularly the heavy use of pesticides, as the major reason.
It said that 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. Their decline is eight times faster than that mammals, birds and reptiles.
When analysed global trends, it said that “the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting [on] life forms on our planet.”
“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades,” the authors said. “The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic to say the least.”