“If the bees disappeared from the face of the Earth, humanity would have only another four years of existence. Without bees there is no pollination, there is no reproduction of flora, without flora there are no animals, there will be no human race”, said the physicist Albert Einstein.

One of the geniuses of humanity, who lived between 1879 and 1955, perhaps Einstein was predicting that bees would run a serious extinction risk in the twentieth century, as they actually are, specially affected by the excessive use of pesticides in crops. In Brazil, one of the biggest world producers of food and also one of the greatest global consumers of pesticides, the situation is alarming.

It is by means of pollination, a process carried out by bees, that about 80% of plants reproduce themselves; and about two-thirds of plants consumed by human beings depend on it.

In this context, the implementation of more systems of clean food production is increasingly urgent, such as that of syntropic agriculture. Isaias Reis, an agro-ecologist with formation in Agro-forestry at Embrapa, has recently imparted the course “Dynamics of Natural Eco-systems and the Principles of Sintropic Agriculture” in the Light-Community of Figueira, located in Carmo da Cachoeira, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and affiliated with Fraternidade – International Humanitarian Federation.

In three vídeos recorded during the course, the agro-ecologist explains how this system works. The first one is already posted here on the Fraternidade’s website. The second one you watch now. In it, Isaias Reis talks about the beneficial impact of syntropic agriculture in the environment and in the existence of bees. Be attentive not to lose the third and last video, to be published soon.