Honey bees and other pollinators are essential for the reproduction of more than 85% of the world' flowering plants, and much of the food we eat. As a result, these creatures are essential players in support of Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Zero Hunger) and 15 (Life on Land). But they are under threat from such factors as land use changes, agriculture chemicals, large-scale monoculture and climate change.
Many of our most beloved fresh food crops – almonds, apples, avocados, mangoes, blueberries, and pumpkins, to name a few –depend on pollinators to bear fruit. In addition, pollinators contribute to crops used for livestock forage, biofuels, and fibers. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are essential to our natural ecosystems, responsible for the reproduction of over 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants.