Pollinators play an important role on farms

Pollinators play an important role in agricultural systems around the world. Here are some facts you should know.

There are many types of pollinators
Various insects and animals, including wasps, flies, butterflies, beetles, bats, and birds, play crucial roles in the pollination of flowering plants, including fruits, vegetables, and fiber crops such as cotton. Although many farmers rely on bees to help pollinate their fields, native insects are the most effective pollinators.

Pollinators are in decline
A wide variety of crops, including canola, blueberries, cucumbers, beans, and apples, benefit from or depend on pollination. However, due to habitat loss and degradation caused by human activity, pollinating insects and animals are in decline.

In fact, if pollinators continue to decline in number or become extinct, certain nuts, fruits and vegetables could become more difficult to grow and therefore more expensive.

Protective measures are needed
Farmers and citizens can help protect native pollinators by providing adequate food sources, preserving nesting and hibernating habitats, and using fewer pesticides.

If you want to do your part, look for initiatives in your municipality that support pollinator-friendly practices.

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