UPDATE: National Pollinator Week is here!

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Danielle Melgar
Food & Agriculture Advocate

Author: Danielle Melgar

Food & Agriculture Advocate

 

Started on staff: 2016
B.A., Yale University

Danielle works to ensure our food system produces enough nutritious food to feed everyone, without threatening our health, the planet, or the ability of future generations to grow food. Danielle lives in Chicago, where she enjoys staying active in the outdoors, trying out new recipes, and writing short stories.

We wouldn’t have much of the food we rely on without pollinators. But they face many threats, from habitat loss to toxic pesticides. This National Pollinator Week we're highlighting 1 pollinator a day and sharing actions YOU can take to protect our pollinators & our food! 

 

Today’s Pollinator of the Day: Butterflies!

Bees get most of the attention for the important role they play in pollinating our food, but butterflies are a primary pollinator for many food crops, from celery and lettuce to kale and cauliflower! Pollinating these crops is key in seed production, which impacts next year’s planting.

Unfortunately, neonic pesticides, which have been linked to bee die-offs, also impact butterflies and contribute to their population decline. 

It’s time to ban neonics to protect our pollinators this National Pollinator Week. Take action to ban neonics today.

Danielle Melgar
Food & Agriculture Advocate

Author: Danielle Melgar

Food & Agriculture Advocate

 

Started on staff: 2016
B.A., Yale University

Danielle works to ensure our food system produces enough nutritious food to feed everyone, without threatening our health, the planet, or the ability of future generations to grow food. Danielle lives in Chicago, where she enjoys staying active in the outdoors, trying out new recipes, and writing short stories.