Did you know that June 15 through 21 is National Pollinator Week?
Pollination can mean more than just growing an abundant and diverse food supply. The following are some reasons pollination is very important.
Pollinators can play an essential role in maintaining the integrity of certain bodies of water.
“Flowering plants help to purify water and prevent erosion through roots that holds the soil in place, and foliage that buffers the impact of rain as it falls to the earth,” says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USDA). “The water cycle depends on plants to return moisture to the atmosphere, and plants depend on pollinators to help them reproduce,” they say.
“They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce,” says Pollinator.org. “Without the actions of pollinators agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would collapse.”
“Virtually all of the world’s seed plants need to be pollinated. This is just as true for cone-bearing plants, such as pine trees, as for the more colorful and familiar flowering plants. Pollen, looking like insignificant yellow dust, bears a plant’s male sex cells and is a vital link in the reproductive cycle,” says Pollinator.org.
“Of the 1,400 crop plants grown around the world, i.e., those that produce all of our food and plant-based industrial products, almost 80% require pollination by animals. Visits from bees and other pollinators also result in larger, more flavorful fruits and higher crop yields,” says the USDA.