Michael Sligh retires from RAFI-USA after 29 years
The consensus is that times have changed in recent years, but our values haven’t. We believe in a world where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Our nation was founded on that principle, and we’ve worked hard to make it a reality as we build a society that values everyone equally. As an agricultural nonprofit organization, we work everyday to make sure those fundamental principles hold true for thousands of family farmers. But we know first hand that our work is far from over.
As part of our Bring Back the Bees partnership with the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, we’re working with a group of farmers this year to establish significant areas of pollinator-friendly plants on their farms to sustain bees and other pollinators. We’re excited to have Hickory Meadows Organics as a participant in the project. We also appreciate their willingness to let us use their farm as a living, natural laboratory to experiment with incorporating these types of crops onto working farmland.
Our pollinators are in jeopardy and so are the important ecosystem services they provide. The Burt’s Bees brand has supported honeybee health since 2007, and we’ve worked to inform employees and consumers about the issues facing our pollinators. Still, many people aren’t aware of the threat to honeybees.
June 1st kicks off National Pollinator Month. It’s a great time to learn more about pollinators like the famed honey bee. It’s also time that we show these hard-working pollinators a little respect. After all, one mouthful in three of the foods you eat depends on pollination by honey bees, according to the USDA.