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Celebrating Pollinators

Monday marked the start of Pollinator Week in the US. I'm not sure if it's only observed in the United State -it was actually sanctioned by the US Senate in 2007- or if it is commemorated throughout the Northern Hemisphere, but I think pollinators should actually be celebrated every week. So, wherever you are, whoever you are, please spare a thought or two (or more!) for the bees, the butterflies, the birds, and yes, the flies that help us humans to produce nearly 70% of our food crops.

In Canada alone, there are upwards of a thousand pollinating animal species, of which 855 are native bees, but sadly, no pollinating bats call Canada home... However, there has been a sharp decline in pollinator populations in the past decade: the three main causes for this downturn are habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use. But all is not doom and gloom: as citizens and consumers, there are lots of little actions we can all take to make a difference.

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