Biologists have found that the extinction of insects annually leads to the death of more than 400 thousand people

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health found that the loss of pollinators led to a 3-5% reduction in fruit, vegetable and nut yields and an estimated 427,000 excess deaths due to comorbidities, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.

Growing anthropogenic pressure on natural systems leads to an annual reduction in the number of insects by 1-2%, which threatens the supply of healthy food to people.

The researchers modeled the impact of pollinator deaths using data from a network of hundreds of pilot farms in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

The results showed that losses in fruit, vegetable and nut production were more severe in middle- and high-income countries, where rates of non-communicable diseases are higher. People’s health has been hardest hit in middle-income countries with large populations China, India, Indonesia, and Russia.

The economic damage has been greater in low-income countries, where the loss of the total value of agricultural products can be 10-30%.

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