Protecting Pollinators to Sustain Future Food Security

Written by on June 26, 2020

Protecting Pollinators to Sustain Future Food Security

By Tracy Yatsko

June 26, 2020

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

It’s National Pollinator Week and local environmental organizations are raising awareness to spread the word about what you can do to protect pollinators and understand their value to the ecosystem.

According to the EPA, three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. Environmental Educator Jeanne Hamscher at Wildlands Conservancy says we depend on these little bees, birds and other pollinators.

“We depend on them to make the plants produce our food, our medicines, spices, chocolate, things that we couldn’t live without, are being produced by the pollinators and they are falling on hard times because their habitat is being taken over by humans and not is not being natural enough for them.”

The EPA and other local and federal agencies are asking everyone to play a role in protecting pollinators and their vital work.

“The easiest way for you to help pollinators is by planting flowering plants in your yard, because that’s what the pollinators use to get their nutrition. So without that nutrition, they’re not going to have enough to eat,” said Hamscher.

 Another way is to avoid using pesticides.


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