Arthropods And Humans Essay

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Arthropods ensure that the human race exists and yet many people do not even know what they are. Arthropods are invertebrates that have external skeletons, segmented bodies, and jointed appendages. In other words, arthropods are the tiny creepy crawlies that we try and avoid every day. Although they may seems disgusting without them we would not be alive. Arthropods have stamped out hunger and fed the world. They have united us as a planet and spread ideas and beliefs. They have ensured we can farm and that animals can survive ("BBC Documentary - Insect Worlds: Them & Us - Episode 1."). They may be small but they are mighty.
Without arthropods millions of people would go hungry. Over 80% ...view middle of the document...

This was the beginning of one of the biggest series of trading routes that led to the unification of the world, the silk road. The silk road has forged relationships around the world and has been pivotal to the development of many civilizations. The silk road caused trade to expand and ideas and beliefs to be exchanged around the world all because of one tiny arthropod ("BBC Documentary - Insect Worlds: Them & Us - Episode 1.").
Without arthropods there wouldn’t be farming and and land animals would could not exist. Arthropods carry out the vital process of pollination ("BBC Documentary - Insect Worlds: Them & Us - Episode 1."). Without pollination plants would not be able to reproduce, and there would be no food for land animals or humans to eat ("Impact of Insects."). Arthropods pollinate 35% of human food. Pollinated food is a big industry making 260.7 billion dollars a year. Not only do arthropods pollinate food they also are a great natural pest control for farmers. Driver ants, lady bugs, and spiders kill hundreds of harmful and deadly pests every day ("BBC Documentary - Insect Worlds: Them & Us - Episode 1.").
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