Insects

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It stopped me in my tracks when I read:
“It is interesting to reflect that if all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within fifty years all other forms of life would end. But, if all humans were to disappear from the earth, within fifty years all other forms of life would flourish.”

That statement was attributed to Jonas Salk, the inventor of polio vaccine, in a book I was reading by Ken Robinson.

Did some research on Google to try to verify the source as Jonas Salk but couldn’t come up with anything bulletproof. Either way, it’s a startling pronouncement!

I’m sure anyone who loves nature and the outdoors might be able to grasp the gravity of a statement like that. Certainly insects didn’t invent the Internet or the polio vaccine – but neither did they invent the nuclear bomb nor do they indulge in fanaticism or a zillion other human dysfunctionalities.

Can anyone help with verifying the authenticity of the statement above? Thanks!
Insects

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