What is pollen? It's the fine powder like material which is often yellow in color, whose individual grains contain the male reproductive cells of seed plants. Pollen is one of the richest and purest natural foods, consisting of protein, sugars, carbohydrates, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins.
What is pollination? Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinators. Close to 75% of all flowering plants need to be pollinated.
Who are the pollinators? Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies and other animals or by the wind.
Why are pollinators so important?
- It has been calculated that pollinators are responsible for every 1 out of 3 to 4 mouthfuls of food and drink.
- Pollinators not only provide food and contribute to the economy, they also perform key roles in our natural ecosystem.
- By keeping plant communities healthy, this in turn helps keep wildlife healthy.
- Pollinators help support biodiversity and biodiversity supports greater numbers of wildlife.