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The Pollination Deficit: Towards Supply Chain Resilience in the Face of Pollinator Decline

As a society we are increasingly dependent on pollinators. The proportion of global agricultural production that depends on pollinators has increased fourfold since 1961. Much of this dependence is linked to wild pollinators. Where data exists, we are seeing evidence of wild pollinator decline. Over 16% of vertebrate pollinators are threatened with global extinction, 9% of wild bee and butterfly species face local extinction and available National Red Lists show up to 50% of bee species assessed are nationally threatened. This could pose an unidentified risk – a pollination deficit – in agricultural supply chains.

This report from the University of Cambridge, UN Environment, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), and University of East Anglia (UEA) presents the results of a year-long project aimed at improving the understanding of pollination risk within private sector supply chains.

Read Sustainable Brands’ article on this report.

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