Scientists are worried about the disappearance of bugs, spiders, slugs and worms. Should you be worried too? The scientists say that the world as a whole should be concerned because these types of life forms help prepare the soil for planting, they help to pollinate our food supply and they help support the larger animals such as birds.
Read this article for more information: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10989198/Creepy-crawlies-decline-as-human-population-soars.html
an explosion in pests. - insects that damage food crops
invertebrate - animals that don't have bones, such as slugs and snails
ecosystem - a system of animals, plants and insects that live together in a certain place.
pollinating crops - bringing pollen from one plant to another
decomposition - dead vegetable and animal matter that turns back into dirt and soilwater filtration - making water clean again
massive reduction - less in number
pest control - killing unwanted bugs
nutrients - beneficial food substance
amphibian - animal that can live in the water and on the land
algae- microscopic animals that live in still water
compromise food production - stop food production
disease transmission - the transfer of disease
defaunation - loss of plants
What do the scientists feel is the problem with less insects?
What is the effect on the soil of less insects?
What is the function of worms?
What is the function of bees?
How can this trend be reversed?
What can you do personally to help this situation?
How can natural predators help to reverse this trend?
Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher