All info below was taken from the Pollinator Partnership website.
WHAT IS A POLLINATOR:
Without the actions of pollinators, agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would collapse. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Pollinating animals travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies in a vital interaction that allows the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants – the very plants that:
- bring us countless fruits, vegetables, and nuts, - ½ of the world’s oils, fibers and raw materials;
- prevent soil erosion,
- and increase carbon sequestration This nearly invisible ecosystem service is a precious resource that requires attention and support - - and in disturbing evidence found around the globe, is increasingly in jeopardy.
WHY POLLINATORS MATTER:
Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination – they need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means that 1 out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. If we want to talk dollars and cents, pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy, and honey bees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.
WHATS THE PROBLEM:
Pollinator populations are changing. Many pollinator populations are in decline and this decline is attributed most severely to a loss in feeding and nesting habitats [8, 9]. Pollution, the misuse of chemicals, disease, and changes in climatic patterns are all contributing to shrinking and shifting pollinator populations. In some cases there isn’t enough data to gauge a response, and this is even more worrisome.
WHY WE CARE:
Ilana's beloved Poppa passed away in August of 2018. He was fascinated by butterflies, dragonflies, and hummingbirds. He observed and photographed them for many years of his life. To honor his memory, Ilana has been learning more about these creatures and just how vital they are to our survival. Meanwhile, Steven has gotten more and more into gardening over the last year. It's incredible how often our interests intersect in such unexpected ways. We are very excited to be honoring pollinators and all that they do through this campaign. Please consider donating to this organization. Feel free to explore there site so you can learn more about where your money would be going.
See Website: http://www.pollinator.org/pollinators
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