I ran across this Ted video this weekend and thought I’d share. Since it has had over two million viewers, you may have already seen it, but I know you’ll enjoy seeing it again. Enjoy!
Bees, butterflies, bats and hummingbirds evolved with flowers over 50 million years. Their relationship is a love story that feeds the earth. We depend upon pollinators for over a third of the fruit and vegetables we eat. According the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the value of the global crops directly relying on pollinators is estimated to be between $235 and $577 billion a year. According to Monarch Joint Venture, honeybee pollination adds more than $15 billion to the value of agricultural crops in the US each year, with another $9 billion coming from pollination by other species.
It is important to note, that we have evolved also, and as a link in the evolution of life, we are a part of nature and not apart from it.
Lori Poehls says
Thanks for sharing this, Donna. I especially liked the clip of the bats pollinating the cactus flowers. I’ve never seen that happen. So neat!
Donna VanBuecken says
My pleasure, Lori. Yes, isn’t our world amazing!