From the aspect of food production, the stakes could not be higher. Pollinators, mainly honey bees, but also wild bumble bees, butterflies, bats and hummingbirds - all of which are on the decline, worldwide - fertilize hundreds of fruits and vegetables, making their reproduction possible. Without them, our food choices would be reduced by fully one-third. We, along with wildlife and livestock, would have to get by with the likes of rice and wheat, and without things like strawberries and tomatoes!
A bleak prospect, indeed.