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June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- One of every three bites of food comes from plants pollinated by honeybees and other pollinators. Yet, major declines in bee populations threaten the availability of many fresh ingredients consumers rely on for their dinner tables.
To help support honeybee populations, for every pound of organic summer squash sold at Whole Foods Market stores from
June 12-25 the company will donate
10 cents to The Xerces Society for pollinator preservation.
"Pollinators are a critical link in our food system. More than 85% of earth's plant species – many of which compose some of the most nutritional parts of our diet – require pollinators to exist. Yet we continue to see alarming declines in bee numbers," said
Eric Mader, assistant pollinator conservation director at The Xerces Society. "Our organization works with farmers nationwide to help them create wildflower habitat and adopt less pesticide-intensive practices. These simple strategies can tip the balance back in favor of bees."
Whole Foods Market offers four more ways to "bee part of the solution." Details are online at
Bee organic: Buying organic is an easy way to support pollinators.
Bee savvy at home: Most pest problems can be solved without toxic and persistent pesticides.
Bee a gardener: Plant bee-friendly flowers and fruits.
Bee a smart shopper: Look for the "Share the Buzz" signs throughout stores to support vendors also donating to The Xerces Society.