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26 May

Not many of us realize the different kinds of food that need pollinators to help them grow and reproduce.  Nourishing juices frequently consumed at breakfast  include apple, orange, grapefruit, and cranberry, all of which need pollinators to sustain the fruit on trees or to grow in sandy bogs or marshes.  Other drinks include almond milk, coffee and even milk.  We all know cows produce milk, but they need to be fed alfalfa, which depends on pollinators for growth.  Got milk?  Not without alfalfa!

Many other popular breakfast items also include muffins.  What is a muffin without bananas, blueberries or cranberries?  Boring!  And what is toast without fruit jam?  Just plain toast!  Think of a strawberry danish without the strawberry, or a fruit pastry without the fruit.  Or better yet, just imagine fruit salad without the fruit!  Yogurt without the fruit is just plain yogurt!  And what would Raisin Bran taste like without two scoops of raisins in every box?  Bran!  Try snacking on trail mix for mid-day energy……without any fruit.  Better have some water handy to wash it down, as it’s pretty dry without the fruit.

Getting the picture of a world without pollinators?  Not without a bit more information of what the world would be missing without their presence.  Apricots, blackberries, cherries, kiwi, melons, papaya, cashews and coconut are sustained because of pollinators.  Actually, 10 of the top 10 antioxidant foods require pollinators according to www.pollinator.org.  These include red beans, wild blueberries, red kidney beans, pinto beans, blueberries, cranberries, artichokes, blackberries, prunes and raspberries.  Antioxidants keep our bodies young on the inside as well as the outside by counteracting the damaging affects of aging.

As the month of May closes, I hope you have been energized by my posts to join in on providing pollinators a place to find food, water and shelter in your own backyard, school playground, community garden, roadside, median, etc.  By doing so, you will benefit from their continued existence by having healthy food choices from which to choose.  Be sure to check out www.pollinator.org for more ways to assist with pollinator preservation during their upcoming Pollinator Week, June 15 – 21.  And while you’re at it, buzz on over to your neighbors and tell them about it too! 


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