I was in whole foods this evening and found a great leaflet about pollinators and how we can help them. There's a great organization pollinators with a purpose, on reading I am amazed to find out that 1/3 of America's food supply depends on bee's. Foods and beverages produced with the help of pollinators include: apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, and tequila.
In the United States, pollination by honey bees, native bees, and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually - from pollinators with a purpose site.
Here's a link to a PBS documentary The Silence of Bee's
So what can we do?
Here are some tips:
1. Plant a bee garden - lavender, lemon balm, clover, poppy, mint, sunflowers and thyme
2. Plant native plants to attract native pollinators and help local agriculture
3. colorful gardens attract different pollinators
4. Don't pick the flowers
5. Teach kids to love butterflies and bee's and the importance of them
6. avoid using pesticides
Just some food for thought, I am going to keep buying flowers for the bee's and butterflies, have a buddleia lavender, thyme and others they seem to like ;-)
Did you know this was such an issue and do you ever consider pollinators when planting your gardens?