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❚ ecology

the natural process of death and decay

a significant component of nutrient-rich organic soil, on which we humans depend to grow plant crops, is the decayed corpses of insects. Recent studies have indicated an alarming reduction in insect populations, probably due to pesticide use and loss of watershed habitat. 40% fewer insects means that fertile soil isn’t being replenished. So, it’s not just the pollinator bees on which we depend for agriculture, but the entire living substructure of the insect world, we can’t survive without. All the life forms on earth are mutually interdependent. If insects vanish, we vanish too