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:

Foods Dependent on Pollinators