How Much of Your Diet is Dependent on Pollinators?

In the United States, more than $15 billion dollars-worth of crops are pollinated by bees each year. In the United States, honey bees perform most of the insect pollination, with help from other pollinators like ants, bats, bees, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, moths and wasps.

How does pollination work?

Bees fly from blossom to blossom gathering pollen and nectar for their food. When they land on flowers to collect pollen, some of the pollen sticks to bees’ hairy bodies and then brushes off onto another flower.

While many plants are completely dependent on pollinators to produce fruits, vegetables and seeds, other plants can be pollinated by wind or water, or self-pollinated. For example, pine trees are wind-pollinated. Plants that are dependent on pollinators tend to have brightly-colored flowers, nectar or scent to attract pollinators.

How do pollinators affect your diet?

Below are pollinated foods that may be a part of your diet:

alfalfa
almond
apple
apricot
artichoke
asparagus
avocado
bean (including soybean)
beet
blackberry
blueberry
broccoli
cacao
canola
cantaloupe
carrot
cashew
cauliflower
celery
cherry
chive
coconut
coffee
cotton
cranberry
cucumber
date
dill
eggplant
fennel
grape
kiwi
lemon
macadamia
mustard
olive
onion
papaya
parsley
peach
pear
pepper
plum
pumpkin
raspberry
sesame
squash
strawberry
tomato
turnip
vanilla
watermelon
zucchini