Almost 90 per cent of the world's plants rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies for fertilization and reproduction, including about 75 per cent of our food — everything from apples, tomatoes, raspberries and peppers to chocolate, coffee and almonds.
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But pollinators are in trouble. Honeybee and native bee populations are in serious decline, and species like monarch butterflies are at historical lows.
The good news: We can all play a part in bringing back the bees and butterflies!
- Make your yard or neighbourhood a pollinator haven
- Help stop harmful, bee-killing pesticides from being used in Canada
- Join the growing movement to bring back the bees and butterflies
As part of its new Pollinator Health Action Plan, the Ontario government has passed regulations that will reduce the use of neonicotinoid-treated soy and corn seeds by 80 per cent by 2017. Read about it here. In January and May we asked people to write comments in support of this plan. Together, we sent over 37,000 messages!