I got an e-mail about a naysayer recently who was doubting my reference to foods requiring pollination. So I thought you might be interested in my response.
1. Potatoes don’t require pollinators — if you put “do potatoes require buzz pollination” into Google search, you’ll come up with all kinds of references to the fact potatoes require buzz pollination. I’ll just list the first here https://blog.therainforestsite.greatergood.com/cs-buzz-pollination/
2. Corn, rice and wheat do not need pollinators — corn, rice and wheat are either wind-pollinated or self-pollinated or both. So, no, they don’t need to be pollinated by insects. However, corn and soybeans in particular, offer pollen used by pollinators. Honey bees use the pollen for their young, and while collecting it, also help loosen the pollen which drifts away and lands on the female flowers. This undoubtedly improves corn, rice and wheat pollination success. See https://www.beeculture.com/catch-buzz-kind-insect-pollinators-commonly-found-corn-soybean-fields/ and https://dghaskell.com/2011/07/30/bees-pollinating-corn/
Although I don’t know if I’ve ever stated this in my blog, the following is a piece of information I use frequently when I’m debating naysayers.
3. One out of three bites of food we eat depends upon pollinators — here again just do a Google search. This time for “1 in 3 bites of food requires pollination” and you’ll find many references, the first of which is https://pollinator.org/pollinators. “Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce.”
Foods Pollinated by Insects
Lastly, here’s a link listing all the foods pollinated by insects https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees