The Plight of the Pollinators
Imagine a world without apples, bananas or avocados. Or a world without chocolate. Or even coffee. Who wants a world without coffee?!
That’s a world without pollinators.
Pollinators, like honeybees, butterflies, moths and other insects — even birds and bats! — move pollen between plants, enabling fertilization. This transfer is critical for not only our natural ecosystem, but also for the agricultural system as well. In fact, 1/3 of all food and beverages are the result of the pollen transfer process.
Check out this video we produced last year for thanksgiving, highlighting what food wouldn’t be on the table without pollinators!
Because every year pollinators help produce nearly $20 billion worth of food and other goods, the balance of ecosystems worldwide depend on these industrious pollinators to ensure a healthy harvest.
But, populations of pollinators are declining, and have been for decades. Scientists believe this decline can be traced to several sources, including pesticide misuse, the rapid spread of pollinator diseases and parasites, as well as habitat destruction.
The plight of pollinators affects all of us, so don’t be afraid to tell your friends about it.