THE IMPORTANCE OF POLLINATORS
Why are pollinators important? They are essential for the pollination of the top 100 crops that yield about 50 percent of the world’s food supply. Bees, wild and domesticated, provide that vital service for us as do butterflies, flies, beetles, birds and bats who also play their part in the great symphony of life. Without our pollinators, we will not have healthy crops, including oranges, avocados and onions, to name a few and the landscape far less colorful without pollinated wildflowers.
Besides the important role they play in providing food for humans and in the food chain, they also have inspired humans for thousands of years with their beauty and amazing life cycles. A world without butterflies and bees would be a world without hope.
There are many reasons why this Initiative is so important right now. We do not want to wait till it is too late, till all the pollinators are gone. Now is the time for each of us to take a little bit of responsibility for the care of our planet and all its creatures.
Each one teach one. Please find out more about this important topic, we all learn from one another and we should be informed citizens. We all live on this planet together and we are really all connected. As someone said, we all live in this big boat and some of us think it is just fine to drill a hole under their seats, but the whole boat will go down if all don’t step up to the plate, talk to one another and take simple yet powerful actions that can change the course of destruction. By creating beautiful gardens, we can actually save the world.
For further reading, here are some resources:
February 13, 2014, A.P., Writers Ask Three Presidents for Monarch Butterfly Protection, http://apnews.com
January 30, 2014, N.Y. Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/us/monarch-butterflies-falter-under-extreme-weather.html?emc=eta1
March 24, 2013, N.Y.Times, Sunday Review, Pity Earth’s Creatures, Edward Hoagland
Dec 23, 2013: Washington Post: Why are the monarch butterflies disappearing? – Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/…/why-are-the-mona…
August 22, 2013, USA Today: Decrease in monarch butterfly population raises concern – http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/…/monarch…/2687621/
November 22, 2013: N.Y. Times · · The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear – NYTimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/…/the-year-the-monarch-didn…(attached)
September 15, 2013 The Columbus Dispatch: Monarchs disappearing at an alarming rate | The Columbus Dispatch http://www.dispatch.com/…/1-monarchs-disappeari…
February 28, 2013: The Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/wild-insects-are-needed-to-pollinate-food-crops-2013-2
July 19, 2012: Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/07/19/crops-that-would-disappear-without-bees/
February 28, 2013: Smithsonian Magazine: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/could-disappearing-wild-insects-trigger-a-global-crop-crisis-738/
July 22, 2013: Bees Are Disappearing. You Can Help Them Return – Natural … http://blog.seattlepi.com/naturalmedicine/2013/07/22/bees-are-disappearing-you-can-help-the…
The Agricultural Defense Coalition has an excellent website and a vast resource list for further information: http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/content/honey-bees-other-pollinators
March 27, 2013, Scientific American http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-herbicide-may-doom-monarch-butterfly-migration/
March 15, 2013, Tallahassee Environmental News Examiner , http://www.examiner.com/article/disappearing pollinators could trigger global crop crisis
U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service Reports: www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign: www.nappc.org.
I highly recommend the book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas Tallamy. It is a great resource chock full of important information.