For a healthy diet, we need nutritious crops, such as fruits, nuts and many vegetable crops. These depend on pollinators. Without pollinators, our diet would become unbalanced – think of how you would feel without almonds, apples, berries, cucumber, pumpkin, chocolate or coffee. According to FAO, 75 percent of the world’s food crops depend at least in part on pollination by insects and other animals.
Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems.
There are 2 billion small farmers worldwide who rely on pollinators to improve amount and food quality. This is important to ensure food security for the world’s population and a source of jobs and income for the poorest families around the world.
We need pollination for medicinal products, for biofuels, for fabrics like cotton and linen and other construction material.
Pollinators inspire art and science, religion, literature and music. Structures of the honey comb inspire car and aircraft industry, software and communication companies alike.