During the past 30-plus years, our nations pollinators populations have suffered serious losses due to invasive pests and diseases, such as mites and viral and fungal pathogens, exposure to pesticides and other chemicals, loss of habitat, loss of species and genetic diversity as well as changing climate according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Bee keepers are struggling to keep hives alive. Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture says.
“Without pollinators, we don’t eat – it’s simple as that – and, at the moment, large numbers of pollinators are dying. With the world’s population projected to exceed 9 billion in the next 30 years, that’s not a good position for us to be in. Crops require pollination and various animals including bees, butterflies, moths, bats and birds are a critical part of the pollinator-plenty ecosystem. “