Why Worry About Pollinators?


Pollinators are responsible for one of every three bites of food we take.  Keep in mind that pollinators are responsible for more food than just honey.  Here are some examples of food that we eat due to the pollination by pollinators.

Almonds, Apples, Avocados, Bananas, Blueberries,
Cashews, Cherries, Chocolate, Coconuts, Coffee, Grapes, Kiwis, Mangos, Macadamia Nuts, Melons, Peaches, Pears, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Sugar, Tea, Tomatoes, Vanilla, and many others.

Pollinators are responsible for foods that you might not even consider as well.  Consider this: Alfalfa is a common food for cattle.  Alfalfa is pollinated by pollinators.  This means that beef, milk, cheeses and all dairy products are also made possible through pollination.

The Ecosystem

In nature, plants are the organisms that keep the entire ecosystem running.  They provide food for herbivores through their foliage and their fruits.  These herbivores are then eaten by carnivores and the circle of life continues, as long as plants are present to keep the cycle going.  In order for many of the plants growing the wild, the only way they can reproduce is through the aid of pollinating insects.  Through plants and insects, an ecosystem can exist.