Insect population is declining, shows study

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.”

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