Bee Ready: June is National Pollinator Month

Bee_Marigold_JeanWilloughby_c_2016 Exhibit A (or should we say Bee?!) — A honey bee pollinates the author’s prized red marigolds.

June 1st kicks off National Pollinator Month. It’s a great time to learn more about pollinators like the famed honey bee above. It’s also time that we show these hard-working pollinators a little respect. Consider this:
  • More than 75% of the world’s food crops depend on pollination by insects or animals.
  • One mouthful in three of the foods you eat depends on pollination by honey bees, according to the USDA.
  • The United Nations estimates that pollinators directly affect up to an estimated $577 billion worth of global crops annually.
You can expect to learn more fascinating facts, get connected with useful resources for promoting pollinators, and see stunning photos and videos of hard-working pollinators in action this month on RAFI’s Facebook and Twitter pages, so make sure to follow us. Share your own photos of bees and other pollinators with us on Facebook by posting them to our page with a comment or use the hashtag #bringbackthebees.  
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About Jean Willoughby

Jean Willoughby currently serves as RAFI's Communications Manager and Project Director, overseeing our grant program for entrepreneurial and innovative farmers, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. She created the Growing Innovation website as an online library to document the Fund's nearly 20-year history of awarding grants to 600+ food and farm businesses.