Solitary bees are facing a dramatic decline in numbers due to increased urbanization, gardening and the chemical use in farming. These new spatial and technological developments have led to the loss of many wildflower meadows and hedgerows that used to provide a natural habitat to a wide range of wildlife, including solitary bees.
The decrease in bee species has a dramatic impact on food security. At the same time, costly artificial pollination is the only alternative. This is already happening in rural China: human pollinators, bee renting and robotic bees are entering the playing field of yet another industry created through capitalization on the environmental damage.
The Bee Brick gives a perfect opportunity to prevent a catastrophe rather than deal with the consequences. The benefit of increased urban biodiversity together with its minimal cost should make it an essential part of all new developments in cities.