PROVIDENCE, R.I., 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 raise awareness of just how crucial pollinators are to our food system, the University Heights Whole Foods Market store temporarily removed all produce that comes from plants dependent on pollinators. They pulled from shelves 237 of 453 products – 52 percent of the department's normal product mix.Products removed included:
- Summer squash
- Green onions
- Bok choy
- Broccoli rabe
- Mustard greens
- 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.
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