A Guide to Saving Our Pollinators (It’s Not Just The Bees!)

What would we do without our amazing pollinators? Picture a world with no fruits, no flowers, no daily cup of java and debatably the worst – no chocolate fix!

Bees sure need our help, but they are not the only powerful pollinators. No sir – many important pollinators are often overlooked including birds, butterflies, beetles, bats, flies and even wasps. And they all play a crucial role in our ecosystem and food supply.

The alarming drop in pollinators worldwide is drawing some much needed attention to our symbiotic friends. Not only are the bees disappearing, but we’re seeing a sharp drop in other vital pollinator species as well.

According to the WWF Mexico, Monarch butterflies are decreasing dramatically. In 2013, monarchs were at a record low with only 60 million butterflies that made the typical yearly migration. In 2014, only 33 million butterflies were found across 1.65 acres.

Lincoln Brower, a professor of biology at Sweet Briar College who has studied the monarch migrations for decades cites three big reasons for the population reduction:

  1. Deforestation in Mexico
  2. Recent bouts of severe weather (and you know what creates severe weather)
  3. The ungodly increase of herbicide/pesticide-based agriculture (and GMO’s).

We need pollinators for 75% of our food, clothing, and medicine supply. Pollinators are absolutely essential in creating and maintaining healthy habitats and ecosystems that all animals rely on for food and shelter.

We’ve all heard the quote by Albert Einstein, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

It’s scary, but true and we need to talk about it. Every little step we take toward righting our wrongs and changing our habits surrounding and affecting Mother Earth helps.

Ways you can make a difference:

 

 

 

 

 

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