Importance of Pollinators
Pollinators play an essential role in the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including many of the foods we eat every day. “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.” Pollinator.org
Pollinators are vital to agriculture; many fruits, vegetable and grains are derived through animal pollination. Indeed, even many agriculturally-produced animals rely on bee-pollinated forage and hay crops like alfalfa and clover.
But pollinators benefit more than just humans. They are an essential part of the functioning of food webs around the world. Many plants need these pollinators to reproduce, and without that assistance, those plant species would decline or even disappear. The fruits and seeds that are formed after pollination happens are a major part of the diet of around twenty-five percent of all birds and mammals (chipmunks, bears, squirrels, voles, and more). Those little pollinators have a big role to play!