Food Security and Pollination

As a gardener, I am always doing research to find out what we can do to help the growth of plants and keep things going. Pollination is essential but we are finding deterrents are in our environment for our insects.

3/19/20241 min read

I love gardening and I genuinely feel everyone should be doing it since we know that nutrition is essential to maintain good health and our veggies in the stores are carrying less nutrients as time goes by due to poor soil conditions and growing practices.

That is gradually changing but only enlightened growers diversify crops and create situations similar to nature in order to sure ongoing proper growth. Sustainability is possible if we just use a little common sense and accept what our natural world shows us.

So when I read a story about how pollination is being hindered for moths due to severe pollution in some places, I realized that food security is under threat. We rely on insects to do their bit so we can enjoy the product that is created as a result.

Bees are already dealing with their own issues in order to survive and climate change is messing with them too. We know other insects rely on fragrance and if that is compromised, how can they find things like flowers in order to help this issue?

They did experiments to test this by adding the chemicals often found in air pollution to the flower along with the original fragrance and while they did come, they did so only once meaning they knew there was something wrong with the flower.

What does that mean for us? If we have gardens, we will need to assist them by hand-pollinating if we can and planting those flowers that attract other insects to help. We must monitor pollution and find other ways around it to ensure on-going productivity.

This just proves we should be working with nature. Man has always tried to prove he could fight nature and have the upper hand. When will we learn there are consequences that will come back to haunt us? Surely we need to be in harmony in order for all living things to survive.