An alarming amount of pollinators are facing population issues around the world. Many factors are at play, including some natural issues, such as diseases and pests. However, many of the causes are human made. The decline in pollinator populations is a threat to hundreds of billions of dollars worth of crops, the livelihood of humans, and the health of the global ecosystem. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are ways that people can help save the bees and other pollinators.
The Role Pollinators Play in Food Production
The health of pollinators is directly correlated to the health of the planet, including the health of people. Pollinators, especially bees, make a huge contribution to food production, which impacts our nutrition. More than 75 percent of the world’s crops – including fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and oils – rely on pollinators. These foods are crucial parts of our diets, providing important sources of vitamins and minerals. Without these foods, people would face malnutrition issues. click here to read the full article written by Christy Erickson (SavingOurBees.org)