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Introduction

Bee numbers are declining at an alarming rate and in some places disappearing altogether, which has serious consequences for humans. Today, one third of the food we eat depends on insects to pollinate crops, fruit and vegetables. Busy bees Neil and Sam discuss what’s being done to find a solution to the problem, and teach you vocabulary along the way.

This week’s question

Bees are vital in pollinating hundreds of crops, from apples and blackberries to cucumbers. In fact, almost all plants need insects to reproduce – which is my quiz question. Of the world’s top 50 crops, how many rely on insect pollination? Is it:

a) 35 out of 50?

b) 40 out of 50?

c) 45 out of 50?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary

pollination
process in which pollen is taken from one plant or part of a plant to another so that  new plant seeds can be produced

fertilisation
plant reproduction in which pollen from one plant travels to the ovary of another and fertilises a female ovule to make new seeds and fruit

staple crops
food, like rice or wheat, which is eaten in large amounts as part of a community’s daily diet and provides a large fraction of their energy and nutrient needs

orchard
area of land on which fruit trees are grown

hive
structure where bees live, either built by people or made by the bees themselves

food security
everyone having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food that meets their dietary needs

Transcript

Note: This is not a word-for-word transcript 

Neil
Hello. This is 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. I’m Neil.

Sam
And I’m Sam. How are you, Neil?

Neil
I’ve been as busy as a bee this week, Sam.

Sam
Oh, don’t you sound like the bee’s knees!

Neil
All right, Sam, there’s no need to get a bee in your bonnet!

Sam
As you can hear, English is full of idioms involving bees.

Neil
But the sad truth is that bee numbers are declining at an alarming rate and in some places disappearing altogether.

Sam
And this has serious consequences for humans. 

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