Updated: Oct 5
This week is pollinator week and like every year, this means that we want to celebrate and support pollinators of all kinds. As you all know, honey bees are one of the most known pollinators and we are all for them. But there are so many more pollinators out there that help us to sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. There are over 200,000 different species of pollinators, such as birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and small mammals. But why are pollinators so important?
Between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on our planet are pollinated by pollinators. This means that pollinators pollinate approximately 1200 crops and 189,000 different plant species. When looking at this from an economic aspect we can see that pollinators add USD 217 billion dollars to the global economy every year.
And not only that, these invisible workers help us support a healthy ecosystem, clean the air, stabilize soils, support other wildlife, and are responsible for a third of what we eat as humans. Their service is so critical that they deserve all the attention and support they can get.
On another note, this year we’ve been working on a very exciting project together with ICARDA and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, whose goal is to deliver an artificial intelligence (AI) climate-driven beekeeping companion app to improve bee health and productivity while protecting pollinators, biodiversity, and empowering women.
This week, let's celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them!