“Farming feeds the world, and we must remember that pollinators are a critical link in our food systems.” — Paul Growald, Co-Founder, Pollinator Partnership
“What happens if the bees disappear”?
One out of every three bites of food would not exist without the help of our pollinator friends.
Without the help of pollinators, (bees and butterflies and other animals and insects) pollen would not be able to be transferred from plant to plant in a process known as pollination! This allows pollinators to help grow the parts of the plants that we eat.
If it weren’t for pollinators… strawberries and other fruits, vegetables and seed crops would not be produced.
In addition, bees and pollinators also help produce other plants that are useful to us, including fiber, medicines and fuel. Three-fourths (3/4) of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. In the United States, pollination by honey bees, native bees, and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually. Additionally, Honey bees enable the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops in North America. Globally, 87 of the leading 115 food crops evaluated are dependent on animal pollinators.
In order to have our favorite foods to eat, we must protect our pollinators!
What can you do to help?
1) Plant a garden with a mixture of plants that flower in spring, summer and fall. Different colors, shapes and scents will attract a wide variety of pollinators.
2) Reduce or eliminate pesticide use in your landscape or incorporate plants that attract beneficial insects for pest control (please use pesticides sparingly and responsibly)
3) Provide clean water for pollinators with a shallow dish, bowl or birdbath including stones for perches.
4) Also, leave dead tree trunks in your landscape for wood-nesting bees and beetles.
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