Crop Yields Hold Steady Though Pollinators Decline
Pollinators such as bees are in serious decline, but agriculture that depends on them hasnít been affected on a global scale ó at least not yet. Using more than four decades of crop-yield data, postdoctoral researcher Alexandra Klein compared crops that require pollinators with those that donít. Surprisingly, she found that yields for both crop types have gone up consistently. But Klein says her findings donít necessarily mean thereís no pollination crisis; farmers may simply be adapting to the problem, at least for now.