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.

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This is a pollinator. Without it, there’s no coffee. Credit: USFWS

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.

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Without coffee, why bother. Credit: USFWS

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.

Want to know more about what you can do to help? Go to pollinator.org for more ways to get involved and check out our national website about pollinators.

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Another pollinator, different angle though. Guys, coffee is really great and I don’t think I can handle going without it. Let’s do something about these pollinators. Credit: USFWS

One Comment on “The Plight of the Pollinators

  1. Pingback: Wednesday Wisdom – Pollinator Week | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

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