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Growing Insects: Farmers Can Help to Bring Back Pollinators


Environment  (tags: farming, insects, ecosystems, environment, conservation, green, GoodNews, wildlife )

Cal
- 355 days ago - e360.yale.edu
With a sharp decline in pollinating insects, farmers are being encouraged to grow flowering plants that can support these important insects.



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Kamia T. (84)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 6:52 pm
I actually was shown by an organic production gardener how to plant in a completely willy-nilly way, instead of mono-cropping, to allow flowers and vegetables to be interspersed among each other all over my garden, rather than having all of the collards one place, all of the broccoli another. Other than perennial plants such as asparagus, which have to stay in the same place year after year, and so can't be as separated, it has proven to be a highly effective way of growing things without needing pesticides. And it's very rewarding to see butterflies, bees and hummers flitting all around everywhere.
 

Julie P. (149)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 7:41 pm
It's simple common sense. No creature requiring pollen and nectar is going to remain where it only has a food source a few weeks out of the year.

For the pests that prefer that monoculture crop - you might as well have a flashing neon sign saying" ALL YOU CAN EAT"

I garden organically, have a multitude of different native plants, which flower from spring through fall, and so many bees I wouldn't know there was a crisis if I didn't follow the news. But every year I have fewer and fewer migrating butterflies,

I have a multitude
 

Panchali Yapa (19)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 2:00 am
Thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 2:13 am
Thanks, we need our bees and insects!
 

Jordan G. (29)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 2:17 am
Perhaps we can learn to support our own meta-economic needs even if we can't learn to support the environment for its own sake.
 

Sylvie A. (136)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 3:18 am
Notée. Merci.
 

Chaz Berlusconi (83)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 3:42 am
Thanks for sharing... it is interesting to know to what lengths they are going to correct the inbalances that man has created
 

Fi T. (17)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 3:56 am
Simple enough but help a lot
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 4:11 am
Perhaps they can sell the flowers so they don't loose much money.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 4:25 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Edo R. (71)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 4:48 am
Thanks for sharing!
 

Alana H. (0)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 4:53 am
It amazes me how "common knowledge" for most people takes so long to be embraced. Growing nectar and host plant sources for beneficials is something everyone can contribute too, as well as ending the indiscriminate use of pesticides.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 4:57 am
Leaving some wild strips and hedgerows at the edges of fields would help a great deal. Pollinators, especially bees, need all the help they can get now.
 

Chris Otahal (511)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 5:19 am
Thanks Cal ...

Here is a great resource for the individual citizen who wishes to do more to protect pollinators in their own yards: http://www.pollinator.org/
 

Michael Kirkby (88)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 6:43 am
There is always hope. Hopefully the bees over time will develop resistance to neonicotinoids. We would do well to discontinue these poisons altogether. The sad part is that they get into the soil, the air and the plants absorb them.
 

pam w. (190)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 8:18 am
BRILLIANT!
 

Debbie S. (33)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 9:10 am
Please plant heirloom organic seeds not chemically treated ones, no chemicals! Thank you for everyone making the effort to help save all of our pollinators, without them we are in deep trouble. We need our food supply.

Monsanto can eat their money

 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 9:34 am
Noted & posted
 

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Maggie Kearns (7)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 12:01 pm
Thanks Cal! Noted and SPAM FLAGGED!
 

A F. (130)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 12:06 pm
thank you and spammer flagged
 

Linda Rust (70)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 12:43 pm
Wildseed.com sells lots of wildflower seeds at very reasonable prices, so home gardeners can also interplant flowers amongst their food crops. Pinetree garden seeds sells Red SwampMilkweed seeds (superseeds.com) And the Xerces Society is a great resource for learning how to help the pollinators in your area. Thanks Cal, it's good to know we're finally moving in the right direction. We need to re-direct some of that ludicrous defense spending and re-direct to small farmers who can find more sustainable ways of producing our food supply.
 

Nimue Pendragon (279)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 7:43 pm
Noted.
 

Sylvie A. (136)
Friday February 7, 2014, 3:26 am
Notée. Merci.
 

gabriele jefferson (147)
Friday February 7, 2014, 4:23 am
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