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Pollinators are essential to our survival. Yes, it’s a fact! Without the help and work of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and thousands of different insects we wouldn’t be here. How you ask? This is how: 75% of the world’s crops require pollination. Without little bees and other pollinators buzzing around there wouldn’t be food! That is why it is important that we respect these little guys for what they contribute to the health of our planet.
Here are some more fun facts to show you just how important pollinators are to YOU!
Did you know?:…
· More than 200,000 animal species serve as pollinators. Most are insects — only about 1,000 are hummingbirds, bats, or other small mammals.
· However, approximately 80 percent of pollination by insects is carried out by bees!
· All of the world’s chocolate depends on midges, tiny two-winged flies, that pollinate the cacao flowers. Do you love chocolate? Thank a fly!
· Approximately 1,000 plants grown throughout the world for food, beverages, clothing, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce these natural products. For example, the following foods depend on pollinators: apples, bananas, pumpkins, blueberries, chocolate, melons, peaches, vanilla, and almonds.
· In the United States alone pollination by honey bees and other insects produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually! Count that!
Unfortunately, pollinators and specifically bees are being threatened by the loss of their natural habitat and many other factors that scientists are still trying to understand. For example, the U.S. has lost more than 50% of its managed honey bee colonies during the past 10 years. Not good! But there is ACTION you can take!
Here are 5 things you can do TODAY to support the pollinators!
2. Plant a pollinator friendly garden! Seed companies such as BBB Seed create special wildflower mixes just for pollinators! Check out these cool mixes for butterflies, bees, and more! http://www.bbbseed.com/store/pollinator-mixes BBB Seed is one of our generous supporters of the Victory Garden Transition Challenge supplying free heirloom seeds to any registered action.
3. Garden organically without pesticides or herbicides. It is thought, the harmful chemicals used in these products kill the pollinators—and let’s face it, they aren’t good for us either.
4. Teach children the importance of pollinators—they’ll get it and it’s fun!
5. Support your local botanical gardens that typically grow pollinator gardens like The Gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland CA. For a glimpse of the 'jewel of Oakland,' click here.
For more pollinator facts check out these websites:
Guest Blogger, Kristie Nackord is the 'herbalicious herb girl' behind Spirit Horse Herbals. She is passionate about growing her own food and medicinal herbs in the mountains of Colorado. For more information on Kristie please visit: www.spirithorseherbals.com