Wednesday, 22 January 2020 12:42

Think again

Written by  Milking It

Have you given up milk in the name of sustainability? Think again.

Your almond milk latte obsession may be doing more harm than good. 

Billions of bees across the US are dying reportedly due to the booming popularity of the almond milk industry - despite being essential to the growing process. 

According to The Guardian, during the US winter of 2018-19 more than 50 billion bees were reportedly wiped out - more than six times the world’s human population and a third of commercial US colonies. 

The high demand of producing almond milk is one cause, placing strain on the hives of bees used to pollinate the orchards.

“The high mortality rate creates a sad business model for beekeepers,” Nate Donley, a senior scientist for the Centre for Biological Diversity, told the newspaper. “It’s like sending the bees to war. Many don’t come back.”

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