31 Oct '16, 11am

Food retailers must protect pollinator species, too

Food retailers must protect pollinator species, too

With 40 percent of pollinators on the verge of extinction, support from the food retail industry is desperately needed to prioritize the sale of organic, bee-friendly foods. Bees and other pollinators are responsible for one in three bites of the food we eat. Thanks to these industrious little workers, we have foods such as strawberries, almonds, tomatoes, apples, and broccoli. In fact, bees pollinate 71 out of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world’s food, according to Friends of the Earth (FOE). These pollinators enable humans to grow enough food to survive. Unfortunately, they are also in great danger, ironically due to human attempts to increase crop yields. The use of agricultural pesticides has resulted in 40 percent of all pollinator species being on the verge of extinction. Bees cannot withstand neonicotinoids, the most popular insecticide that is used ...

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